Why the Fee Changes?
The Division of Drinking Water’s mission is to protect public health by ensuring that safe drinking water is provided to all Utahns. We work in partnership with the State’s 1,000-plus public water systems who share that same commitment.
When problems are identified, Division staff offer an opportunity for water systems to take corrective steps within a given timeframe. Technical assistance is provided when more help is needed. This model usually works very well. However, our experience is that noncompliance situations take up a disproportionate amount of Division resources.
The changes shown in the proposed DEQ Fiscal Year 2021 Fee Schedule identify new fees that will be assessed for additional services related to noncompliance. More detailed information can be found in this Detailed Explanations document.
In the past, the Division has not relied on fees to support its major programs. We are faced with the ongoing challenge of ever-increasing workloads, budgets not keeping up, and difficulty maintaining the level of services provided. After carefully analyzing noncompliance costs, we are proposing this step to begin to rectify this. The new fees are also in keeping with the Legislature’s desire to minimize burden on the General Fund and instead focus on “fee for services”.
Please contact Marie Owens, Director of Division of Drinking Water, (801)536-4206 if you have any question regarding the proposed fee changes.
Public Hearing and Public Comment
Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has scheduled a public hearing at 10 a.m., on September 16, 2019, for the DEQ FY2021 fee schedule. The hearing will be held at the DEQ Board Room, Multi-Agency State Office Building, 195 N 1950 W, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Public Comment Period
Written comments must be received by DEQ no later than 5 p.m., September 17, 2019, and should be addressed to Craig Silotti, DEQ Finance Director:
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 144810, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4810