PUB 98 - Public Drinking Water Permits

Department of Natural Resources fact sheet
03/2018
Department of Natural Resources Director: Carol S. Comer
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Public Drinking Water Permits

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Division of Environmental Quality
Water Protection Program – Public Drinking Water Branch
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
573-751-5331

Or contact your nearest Department of Natural Resources regional office.

Public Drinking Water
The Water Protection Program’s Public Drinking Water Branch is responsible for the monitoring and quality of public drinking water in Missouri. They administer programs created by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments. The primary state enabling legislation is the Public Drinking Water Law, Chapter 640 (RSMo). The portion of the Code of State Regulations (CSR) defining the organization and responsibilities of the Public Drinking Water Branch is found in 10 CSR 60.

A Community Water System is a water system having 15 or more service connections and operates on a year-round basis or serves at least 25 residents on a year-round basis. Businesses possibly included in this category are larger mobile home parks, subdivisions, and condominiums.

A Non-transient Non-Community Water System serves at least 25 of the same persons over six months of the year but is not a community water system. Businesses possibly included in this category are industries, schools, and local government facilities.

A Transient Non-Community Water System has at least 15 service connections or regularly serves an average of at least 25 individuals daily at least 60 days out of the year but is not a community water system. Possible businesses in this category are restaurants, hotels, motels, resorts, airports, and campgrounds.

A Private Water System will have less than 15 service connections or will serve an average of less than 25 individuals daily at least 60 days out of the year. Businesses possibly included in this category are small mobile home parks, small campgrounds, automotive repair shops, and beauty shops. Contact the Water Protection Program’s Drinking Water Branch at 573-751-5331 for more information.

Permits
A Construction Permit is required for all construction whether a new system, expansion, modification or upgrade. Replacement of components of existing facilities does not require a permit if the replacement is primarily maintenance in nature and no significant upgrading is done. There is no fee for this permit. There are annual laboratory services and water customer fees, based on the type of facility and population served.

A Permit to Dispense is required to operate a new, improved or existing public water system. It requires that the water system components provide safe and adequate water supply that is capable of withstanding substantial hazards of weather. There is no fee for this permit, although there are annual laboratory services and water customer fees, based on the type of facility and population served.

Many of the required forms are available online under the heading Public Drinking Water at dnr.mo.gov/forms/index.html. For more information about the specific permits, Environmental Permits and How to Obtain Them may be helpful, and is also located online. To receive a paper copy of any public drinking water application forms, please contact the Public Drinking Water Branch at 573-751-5331.

Certification
Drinking Water Treatment Supply Operator Certification

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Division of Environmental Quality
Water Protection Program – Public Drinking Water Branch
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
573-751-5331

Regulated Facilities: All community and nontransient noncommunity public water systems and those transient noncommunity public water systems that use surface water or groundwater under the direct influence of surface water. This classification determines the certification level the system’s chief operator and those who make process control system integrity day to day decisions must possess.

Fees: Examination - $45 (includes certificate when passed); Renewal - $45; Reciprocity - $65

Required Documents: A completed application form with supporting documentation about employment and education. Application: For Examination for a Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Operator or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Certificate, Form -- MO 780-1089 available online at dnr.mo.gov/forms/780-1089-f.pdf.

Length of Certification: Three years

Average Processing Time: You must apply at least 30 days prior to examination.

Applicable Statues: RSMo 640.100

Applicable Rules: 10 CSR 60-14.010, 60-14.020 and 60-14.030

Distribution Drinking Water Operator Certification
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Division of Environmental Quality
Water Protection Program – Public Drinking Water Branch
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
573-751-5331

Regulated Activities: All community and nontransient noncommunity public water systems and those transient noncommunity public water systems that use surface water or groundwater under the direct influence of surface water. This classification determines the certification level the system’s chief operator and those who make process control system integrity day to day decisions must possess.

Fees: Examination - $45 (includes certificate when passed); Renewal - $45; Reciprocity - $65

Required Documents: A completed application form with supporting documentation on employment and education. Application: For Examination for a Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Operator or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Certificate, Form -- MO 780-1089 is available online at dnr.mo.gov/forms/780-1089-f.pdf.

Length of Certification: Three years

Average Processing Time: You must apply at least 30 days prior to examination.

Applicable Statutes: RSMo 640.100

Applicable Rules: 10 CSR 60-14.010, 60-14.020 and 60-14.030

Construction Permit

Regulated Activities: The construction, expansion or modification of a public water system, a water supply source, water storage, distribution system or treatment facility. A public water system is one that has at least 15 or more service connections or regularly serves an average of 25 consumers per day at least 60 days out of the year.

Fees: None

Required Documents: A completed Application Form for A Construction Permit, Form -- MO 780-0701 available online at dnr.mo.gov/forms/index.html, engineering report, detailed plans and specifications.

Length of Permit: Two years

Average Processing Time: 45 days

Public Participation: None required

Applicable Statutes: RSMo 640.115

Applicable Rules: 10 CSR 60-3.010 and 60-10.010

Permit to Dispense

Regulated Activities: Required for the operation of a new, improved or existing public water system.

Fees: No fees for permit. There are annual primacy and laboratory services fees, based on type of facility and population.

Required Documents: A completed Application for Permit to Dispense Water form with supporting documentation as to reliable water system operation, water quality meeting applicable maximum contaminant levels, acceptable water system construction, and completion of an emergency operating plan. Application for Permit to Dispense Water, Form -- MO 780-2122 is available online at dnr.mo.gov/forms/780-2122-f.pdf.

Length of Permit: Effective until revoked.

Average Processing Time: 60 days

Public Participation: None required

Applicable Statutes: RSMo 640.115

Applicable Rules: 10 CSR 60-3.010 and 60-16.030