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The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) rules were promulgated under U.S. EPA's Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Rules for Ohio public drinking water systems are adopted under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 6109, and rules for Underground Injection Control, under ORC 6111.043. Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules administered by DDAGW are located on this page. More information about DDAGW's rule-making process is available under the "DDAGW Rules Process" section below.
Electronic versions of policies and guidance may be viewed by clicking on the appropriate tab. Join a rules electronic mailing list to stay informed about current rule-making and opportunities to provide comment during the process.
Questions? Call (614) 644-2752 and ask to speak with a Rules Coordinator.
DDAGW's effective rules are available on this webpage. To view the rules, click here.
Please see the Policies and Guidance tab for the most current versions of these documents.
The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) rules were promulgated under U.S. EPA's Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Rules for Ohio public drinking water systems are adopted under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 6109, and rules for Underground Injection Control, under ORC 6111.043. Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules administered by DDAGW are located on this page.
Proposing new rules and amendments to existing rules is a regular activity conducted by Ohio EPA in response to laws passed by the General Assembly and federal rule requirements. The Agency is also required by state law to review its rules at least once every five years to ensure their continued need and relevance. During the Ohio rule-making process, rules are in one of four phases: early stakeholder outreach; draft; proposed; and effective. Electronic versions of rules in each of these various phases may be viewed by clicking on the appropriate tabs on this page.
In addition to adopting rules and laws, DDAGW adopts both policies and guidance documents. The purpose of a policy is to clarify and explain specific aspects of regulations (OAC) and law (ORC) so Ohio EPA and external parties have a common understanding of how environmental regulations are carried out in Ohio. Policies promote consistency and provide savings of both technical and administrative staff resources when dealing with the application of rules. Guidance documents provide information, suggestions and recommendations on possible or acceptable methods that may be used to meet or to achieve compliance with rules.
As of Jan. 1, 2012, Ohio EPA will conduct early stakeholder outreach in response to requirements of Executive Order 2011-01K. This outreach ensures stakeholders are brought into the rule process as early as possible.
Sept. 5, 2017: DDAGW seeks comments on plan to establish a new rule addressing disruption of service involving the distribution system. Comments are due by October 5th, 2017.
July 14, 2017: DDAGW seeks comments on plan to draft rules incorporating provisions from Ohio Senate Bill 2. Comments are due by August 14, 2017.
Ohio EPA distributes draft rules to interested parties for review and comment before they are filed with the Ohio General Assembly's Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). Ohio EPA considers comments received from this preliminary review and makes changes to the rules as appropriate.
The following draft rules have been distributed to interested parties for review and comment:
Public Notice: DDAGW seeks comments on proposed revisions to the operator certification rules. Comments are due by May 25, 2017.
Business Impact Analysis for operator certification rules.
Public Notice: DDAGW seeks comments on draft revisions to the lead and copper rules in the Ohio Administrative Code. Comments are due by March 17, 2017.
Lead and Copper Rule Revisions Fact Sheet, Feb. 2017
Business Impact Analysis for Revisions to the Lead and Copper Rules, 2017
Ohio EPA considers comments received during interested party review and makes changes to the rules as appropriate. These rules are then proposed and filed with the Ohio General Assembly's Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) and other agencies as required by Ohio Revised Code section 119.03. Another opportunity for public comment is offered. More information about proposed rules is on the Register of Ohio website.
The following proposed rules have been filed with JCARR:
Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules administered by the Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) are located on this page. These include rules for Ohio public drinking water systems adopted under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) chapter 6109, and rules for Underground Injection Control, adopted under ORC section 6111.043.
Ohio EPA also issues policy and guidance documents related to the implementation of rules in the safe drinking water program.
View effective rules by subject matter by clicking on an OAC Chapter below or click All DDAGW Rules for a complete copy of all effective drinking and ground water rules. (Last revised May 16, 2017)
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Currently effective policy and guidance documents related to the safe drinking water program are listed below by general topic.
In addition to providing the guidance documents listed below, the Division of Drinking and Ground Waters offers support to other Ohio EPA divisions on ground water issues. Click here to learn more.
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