Rules, Laws, Policies and Guidance

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.

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Announcements

DDAGW's effective rules are available on this webpage. To view the rules, click here.

  • Dec. 11, 2019: DDAGW seeks comments on proposed rulemaking governing Laboratory Certification rules. Comments are due by Jan 10, 2020. Click here for more information.
  • Oct. 21, 2019: DDAGW seeks comments on a plan to amend Underground Injection Control rules in chapter 3745-34 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). Comments are due by November 4th, 2019. Click here for more information.
  • Oct. 9, 2019: The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) seeks comments on proposed rule revisions to Primary Drinking Water Standards rule 3745-81-24 to satisfy the five-year rule review requirements of Section 106.03 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC).  Comments are due by November 6, 2019.  Click here for more information.
  • Oct. 2, 2019: The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has proposed amendments to several surface water treatment rules in Chapter 3745-81 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). Click here for more information.
  • Oct. 2, 2019: The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has proposed "no changes" to several surface water treatment rules in Chapter 3745-81 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). Click here for more information.
  • Oct. 1, 2019: The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has proposed "no changes" to Public Water Systems License to Operate rules in Chapter 3745-84 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). Comments are due August 16, 2019. Click here for more information.
  • Sept. 23, 2019: The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has reviewed several underground injection control rules in Chapter 3745-34 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to satisfy the five-year rule review requirements of Section 106.03 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). The division is seeking comments on the proposal to file these rules with "'no changes". Comments are due by October 25, 2019.  Click here for more information.
  • Sept. 12, 2019: The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) seeks comments on proposed rule revisions to several underground injection control rules in Chapter 3745-34 to satisfy the five-year rule review requirements of Section 106.03 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC).  Comments are due by October 15, 2019.  Click here for more information.
  • Sept. 4, 2019: The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) seeks comments on proposed rule revisions to several primary drinking water standards rules to satisfy the five-year rule review requirement of Section 106.03 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). Comments are due by October 7, 2019. Click here for more information.
  • Aug. 15, 2019: DDAGW seeks comments on the draft policy document, ENG-20-001: Guidelines for Obtaining Approval of Backflow Prevention Methods in Drinking Water Treatment Plants. This document was developed in consultation with Ohio Section AWWA – Technology Committee to provide technical guidance to the regulated community and consultants concerning backflow prevention requirements. Please submit comments or questions to DDAGW_Rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov by September 5th, 2019.
  • May 9, 2019: The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has proposed “no changes” to several primary drinking water standards rules in Chapter 3745-81 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) and OAC rule 3745-91-10 source water protection plan rule to Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). Click here for more information.
  • April 19, 2019: DDAGW has finalized the guidance document Guidelines for Determining When Source or Treatment Changes Tigger Optimal Corrosion Control Evaluation (ENG-19-001) and addressed all comments in a formal Response to Comments. This document provides guidance on when a source or treatment change in a public water system requires the evaluation of optimal corrosion control treatment (OCCT). Click here to view the effective ENG-19-001 guidance.
  • March 26, 2019: DDAGW seeks comments on the draft guidance document, WQ-01-007: Guidance on Total Coliform Bacteria Monitoring for Small Public Water Systems (Population Less Than 3,301 Persons). This document was revised to incorporate the changes in total coliform bacteria monitoring covered by the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) as adopted by the U.S. EPA effective April 1, 2016. Please submit comments or questions to DDAGW_Rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov by April 19th, 2019.
  • Jan. 16, 2019: DDAGW has finalized the policy document, PWS-01-003: Clarification of Public Water Systems Definition and Exemption Criteria. This document was revised to provide additional information about Public Water System Exemption Guidance, and update citations. Click here to view all currently effective policy and guidance documents.
  • Jan. 8, 2019: DDAGW seeks comments on revised plan to amend Primary Drinking Water Standard rule 3745-81-24 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). Comments are due by February 1, 2019. Click here for more information.

Policies and Guidance

Please see the Policies and Guidance tab for the most current versions of these documents.

Resources

DDAGW's Rule-making Process

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 outreachdraftproposed; 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.

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.

Early Stakeholder Outreach

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.

Oct. 21, 2019: DDAGW seeks comments on a plan to amend several Underground Injection Control rules in chapter 3745-34 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). Comments are due by November 4th, 2019.

Aug. 15, 2019: DDAGW seeks comments on plan to amend Disadvantaged Community Loan rules in Chapter 3745-88 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to satisfy the five-year rule review requirements of section 106.03 of the Ohio Revised Code. Comments are due by September 16, 2019.

Jan. 8, 2019: DDAGW seeks comments on revised plan to amend Primary Drinking Water Standard rule 3745-81-24 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to satisfy the five-year rule review requirements of section 106.03 and 106.031 of the Ohio Revised Code. Comments are due by February 1, 2019.

Oct. 3, 2018: DDAGW seeks comments on plan to revise Primary Drinking Water Standard rules in Chapter 3745-81 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to satisfy the five-year rule review requirements of section 106.03 and 106.031 of the Ohio Revised Code. Comments are due by November 5, 2018.

Oct. 1, 2018: DDAGW seeks comments on plan to revise rule 3745-81-27, 3745-81-28, and rules included in Chapter 3745-89 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to satisfy the five-year rule review requirements of section 106.03 and 106.031 of the Ohio Revised Code. These rules set forth regulations for acquiring and retaining drinking water laboratory certification. Comments are due by November 1, 2018.

Aug. 13, 2018: DDAGW seeks comments on plan to file Underground Injection Control rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-34 with no changes, to satisfy the five-year rule review requirements of section 106.03 and 106.031 of the Ohio Revised Code. Comments are due by September 13, 2018.

May 29, 2018: DDAGW seeks comments on plan to revise rule 3745-91-09 of the administrative code to establish treatment requirements related to manganese in public water systems and adopt a new rule for monitoring compliance with iron and manganese. Comments are due by July 2, 2018.

Interested Party Review

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:


Revisions to Laboratory Certification Rules

DDAGW seeks comments on proposed rulemaking governing Laboratory Certification rules. Comments are due by Jan 10, 2020.

Business Impact Analysis


Revisions to Primary Drinking Water Standards rule 3745-81-24

Public Notice: DDAGW Seeks comments on proposed rulemaking governing Primary Drinking Water Standards rule 3745-81-24. Comments are due by November 6th, 2019.

Business Impact Analysis for Primary Drinking Water Standards rule 3745-81-24


Proposed 'No Changes' Rulemaking Governing Underground Injection Control Rules

Public Notice: DDAGW seeks comments on proposed rulemaking governing several Underground Injection Control rules. Comments are due by October 25, 2019.

Business Impact Analysis for Underground Injection Control Rules (no change).


Revisions to Underground Injection Control rules

Public Notice: DDAGW seeks comments on proposed rulemaking governing underground injection control rules. Comments are due by Oct.15, 2019.               

Business Impact Analysis


Revisions to Primary Drinking Water Standards rules

Public Notice: DDAGW seeks comments on proposed rulemaking governing to primary drinking water standards rules. Comments are due by October 7, 2019.

Business Impact Analysis

  • 3745-81-23 Inorganic Chemical Monitoring Requirements (Amend)
  • 3745-81-31 Reporting Requirements for Public Water Systems (Amend)
  • 3745-81-33 Record Maintenance (Amend)
  • 3745-81-67 LT2 Bin Classification and Treatment Technique Requirements (Amend)
  • 3745-81-68 Microbial Toolbox Options for Meeting Cryptosporidium Treatment Requirements (Amend)

Proposed Rules

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:


Proposed Rulemaking Governing Surface Water Treatment Rules

The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has proposed amendments to several Surface Water Treatment Rules in Chapter 3745-81 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). The rules were reviewed as a result of the five-year rule review requirements of Section 106.03 of the Revised Code. Please see the Business Impact Analysis, Public Hearing Notice, and the proposed rules linked below.

Business Impact Analysis for Surface Water Treatment Rules (Amended)

Public Hearing Notice

  • 3745-81-32 Public Notification (Amended)
  • 3745-81-72 Disinfection of water from surface water sources (Amended)
  • 3745-81-73 Filtration of water from surface water sources (Amended)
  • 3745-81-75 Recordkeeping, reporting and actionable requirements (Amended)
  • 3745-81-79 Filter backwash recycling (Amended)

Proposed 'No Change' Rulemaking Governing Surface Water Treatment Rules

The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has proposed "no changes" to several Surface Water Treatment Rules in Chapter 3745-81 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). The rules were reviewed as a result of the five-year rule review requirements of Section 106.03 of the Revised Code. Please see the Business Impact Analysis, Response to Comments document and the proposed rules linked below.

Business Impact Analysis for Surface Water Treatment Rules

Response to Comments Document


Proposed 'No Change' Rulemaking Governing Public Water System Licenses to Operate rules

The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has proposed "no changes" to License to Operate rules in Chapter 3745-84 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) to Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). The rules were reviewed as a result of the five-year rule review requirements of Section 106.03 of the Revised Code. Please see the Business Impact Analysis and the proposed rules linked below.

Business Impact Analysis for License to Operate rules

  • 3745-84-01 Definitions (No Change)
  • 3745-84-02 Application for a License to Operate or Maintain a Public Water System (No Change)
  • 3745-84-03 Expiration and Renewal of License to Operate or Maintain a Public Water System (No Change)
  • 3745-84-04 Format and Display of License to Operate or Maintain a Public Water System (No Change)
  • 3745-84-05 Fees for Operating or Maintaining a Public Water System (No Change)
  • 3745-84-06 Conditioning, Denial, Suspension or Revocation of a License to Operate or Maintain a Public Water System (No Change)

Proposed ‘No Changes’ Rulemaking Governing Primary Drinking Water Standards Rules and Drinking Water Source Protection Plan Rule

The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has proposed “no changes” to several primary drinking water standards rules in Chapter 3745-81 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) and OAC rule 3745-91-10 source water protection plan rule to Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). The rules were reviewed as a result of the five-year rule review requirements of Section 106.03 of the Revised Code. Please see the Business Impact Analysis and the proposed rules linked below.

Business Impact Analysis for Primary Drinking Water Standards Rules and Drinking Water Source Protection Plan Rule

  • 3745-81-10 Maximum Residual Disinfectant Levels (no change)
  • 3745-81-11 Maximum Contaminant Levels and Best Available Technologies for Inorganic Contaminants (no change)
  • 3745-81-15 Maximum Contaminant Levels and Best Available Technologies for Radionuclide Contaminants (no change)
  • 3745-81-19 Use of Non-centralized Treatment Devices (no change)
  • 3745-81-28 Acceptability of Analytical Results (no change)
  • 3745-81-82 Control of Lead and Copper; Description of Corrosion Control Treatment Requirements (no change)
  • 3745-81-83 Control of Lead and Copper; Source Water Treatment Requirements (no change)
  • 3745-81-88 Control of Lead and Copper - Monitoring Requirements for Lead and Copper in Water Entering the Distribution System (no change)
  • 3745-91-10 Drinking Water Source Protection Plan (no change)

Effective Rules

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 Nov. 27, 2018)

Chapter 3745-7: Operator Certification for Public Water Systems and Wastewater Treatment Works

  • 3745-7-01 (Aug. 15, 2018) Professional operator certification definitions
  • 3745-7-02 (Aug. 15, 2018) Certified professional operators of record
  • 3745-7-03 (Aug. 15, 2018) Public water system classification and staffing requirements
  • 3745-7-04 (Aug. 15, 2018) Treatment works and sewerage system classification and staffing requirements
  • 3745-7-05 (Aug. 15, 2018) Classification of professional operator certification
  • 3745-7-06 (Aug. 15, 2018) Certification of professional operators
  • 3745-7-07 (Aug. 15, 2018) Professional operator in training
  • 3745-7-09 (Aug. 15, 2018) Record-keeping requirements and responsibilities of owners, certified professional operators and certified professional operators of record
  • 3745-7-10 (Aug. 15, 2018) Professional operator certification advisory council
  • 3745-7-11 (Aug. 15, 2018) Duties of the council
  • 3745-7-12 (Aug. 15, 2018) Suspension or revocation of certification
  • 3745-7-13 (Aug. 15, 2018) Reciprocity
  • 3745-7-15 (Aug. 15, 2018) Expiration and renewal of professional operator certification
  • 3745-7-17 (Aug. 15, 2018) Professional operator certification fees.
  • 3745-7-18 (Aug. 15, 2018) Conduct during the application and examination process
  • 3745-7-19 (Aug. 15, 2018) Examination providers
  • 3745-7-20 (Aug. 15, 2018) Certification of Operators Who Pass an Examination From an Approved Examination Provider
  • 3745-7-21 (Aug. 15, 2018) Contract operations companies and contracted professional operators

Chapter 3745-9: Water Well Standards

  • 3745-9-01 (June 13, 2016) Well Standard Definitions
  • 3745-9-02 (June 13, 2016) Scope and Exemptions
  • 3745-9-03 (June 13, 2016) Monitoring Well  
  • 3745-9-04 (June 13, 2016) Well Siting  
  • 3745-9-05 (June 13, 2016) Well Construction
  • 3745-9-06 (June 13, 2016) Well Construction, Specific Geologic Conditions
  • 3745-9-07 (June 13, 2016) Well Grouting for Construction or Sealing
  • 3745-9-08 (June 13, 2016) Well Disinfection
  • 3745-9-09 (June 13, 2016) Well Development and Pumping Test
  • 3745-9-10 (June 13, 2016) Abandoned Well Sealing

Chapter 3745-34: Underground Injection Control

  • 3745-34-01 (Nov. 11, 2016) Definitions
  • 3745-34-02 (July 25, 1984) Considerations Under Federal Law
  • 3745-34-03 (Nov. 1, 2018) Confidentiality of Information
  • 3745-34-04 (Nov. 11, 2016) Classification of Wells
  • 3745-34-05 (July 25, 1984) Identification of Underground Sources of Drinking Water
  • 3745-34-06 (July 25, 1984) Prohibition of Unauthorized Injection
  • 3745-34-07 (April 23, 2009) Prohibition of Movement of Fluid Into Underground Injection
  • 3745-34-08 (Nov. 11, 2016) Prohibition of Class IV Wells
  • 3745-34-09 (April 23, 2009) Requirements for Wells Injecting Hazardous Wastes
  • 3745-34-10 (Aug. 15, 2018) Waiver of Requirement by Director
  • 3745-34-11 (May 2, 2011) Class V Wells
  • 3745-34-12 (Nov. 11, 2016) Application by Permit; Authorization by Permit
  • 3745-34-13 (April 23, 2009) Class I Permit Application
  • 3745-34-14 (April 23, 2009) Class I Permit to Drill Applications
  • 3745-34-15 (April 23, 2009) Class I Permit to Operate Applications  
  • 3745-34-16 (April 23, 2009) Class V Permit Requirements
  • 3745-34-17 (April 23, 2009) Signatories to Permit Applications and Reports
  • 3745-34-18 (Jan. 20, 1995) Class V Injection Well Area Permits
  • 3745-34-19 (July 25, 1984) Emergency Permits
  • 3745-34-20 (Nov. 9, 1984) Effect of a Permit
  • 3745-34-21 (March 11, 2002) Duration of Permits
  • 3745-34-22 (July 25, 1984) Transfer of Permits
  • 3745-34-23 (Nov. 11, 2016) Modification or Revocation and Re-issuance of Permits
  • 3745-34-24 (July 25, 1984) Termination of Permits
  • 3745-34-25 (July 25, 1984) Minor Modifications of Permits
  • 3745-34-26 (Jan. 20, 1995) Conditions Applicable to All Permits
  • 3745-34-27 (March 11, 2002) Establishing Drilling Permit and Injection Permit Conditions
  • 3745-34-28 (July 25, 1984) Schedule of Compliance
  • 3745-34-29 (July 25, 1984) Requirements for Recording and Reporting of Monitoring Results
  • 3745-34-30 (July 25, 1984) Plan of Corrective Action
  • 3745-34-32 (April 23, 2009) Area of Review
  • 3745-34-33 (July 25, 1984) Corrective Action
  • 3745-34-34 (Nov. 11, 2016) Mechanical Integrity
  • 3745-34-35 (April 23, 2009) Criteria for Establishing Permitting Priorities
  • 3745-34-36 (July 25, 1984) Plugging and Abandoning Class I Wells
  • 3745-34-37 (July 25, 1984) Construction Requirements for Class I Wells
  • 3745-34-38 (Dec. 16, 1991) Operating, Monitoring and Reporting Requirements for Class I Wells
  • 3745-34-39 (April 23, 2009) Information to be Considered by the Director in Authorizing Class I Wells
  • 3745-34-40 (Nov. 11, 2016) Seismic Reflection Survey Requirements for Class I Wells
  • 3745-34-50 (Dec. 16, 1991) Criteria and Standards for Class I Injection Wells
  • 3745-34-51 (Jan. 24, 2000) Minimum Criteria for Siting Class I Hazardous Waste Injection Wells
  • 3745-34-52 (Dec. 16, 1991) Area of Review
  • 3745-34-53 (Dec. 16, 1991) Corrective Action for Wells in the Area of Review
  • 3745-34-54 (April 23, 2009) Construction Requirements
  • 3745-34-55 (Dec. 16, 1991) Logging, Sampling and Testing Prior to New Well Operation
  • 3745-34-56 (Dec. 16, 1991) Operating Requirements
  • 3745-34-57 (Dec. 1, 1993) Testing and Monitoring Requirements
  • 3745-34-58 (Dec. 16, 1991) Reporting Requirements
  • 3745-34-59 (April 23, 2009) Information to be Evaluated by the Director
  • 3745-34-60 (Dec. 16, 1991) Closure
  • 3745-34-61 (Dec. 16, 1991) Post Closure
  • 3745-34-62 (Dec. 16, 1991) Financial Responsibility for Closure and Post Closure Care
  • 3745-34-63 (April 23, 2009) Class I Annual Permit Fee; Fee Per Ton of Waste Injected

Chapter 3745-81: Primary Drinking Water Standards

  • 3745-81-01 (May 1, 2018) Primary Drinking Water Standards Definitions
  • 3745-81-02 (Nov. 8, 2018) Coverage
  • 3745-81-03 (Dec. 27, 1978) Siting Requirements
  • 3745-81-04 (May 1, 2018) Administrative Penalties  
  • 3745-81-10 (Jan. 1, 2010) Maximum Residual Disinfectant Levels
  • 3745-81-11 (Feb. 22, 2010) Maximum Contaminant Levels and Best Available Technologies for Inorganic Contaminants
  • 3745-81-12 (April 1, 2016) Maximum Contaminant Levels and Best Available Technologies for Organic Contaminants
  • 3745-81-14 (April 1, 2016) Maximum Contaminant Levels for Microbiological Contaminants
  • 3745-81-15 (Feb. 23, 2015) Maximum Contaminant Levels and Best Available Technologies for Radionuclide Contaminants
  • 3745-81-17 (Sept. 13, 1993) Treatment Techniques
  • 3745-81-19 (Feb. 22, 2010) Use of Non-centralized Treatment Devices
  • 3745-81-21 (April 1, 2016) Coliform Monitoring Requirements
  • 3745-81-23 (Jan. 1, 2010) Inorganic Chemical Monitoring Requirements
  • 3745-81-24 (Feb. 23, 2015) Organic Chemical Monitoring Requirements   
  • 3745-81-26 (Feb. 23, 2015) Radionuclide Monitoring Requirements
  • 3745-81-27 (May 4, 2015) Analytical Techniques
  • 3745-81-28 (Nov. 1, 2004) Acceptability of Analytical Results
  • 3745-81-29 (Dec. 27, 1978) Monitoring of Consecutive Public Water Systems
  • 3745-81-31 (Jan. 1, 2010) Reporting Requirements for Public Water Systems
  • 3745-81-32 (April 1, 2016) Public Notification
  • 3745-81-33 (Feb. 23, 2015) Record Maintenance
  • 3745-81-41 (April 1, 2016) Ground Water Rule - General Requirements and Applicability
  • 3745-81-42 (April 1, 2016) Ground Water Rule - Ground Water Source Microbial Monitoring and Analytical Methods
  • 3745-81-43 (April 1, 2016) Ground Water Rule - Treatment Technique Requirements for Ground Water Systems
  • 3745-81-44 (April 1, 2016) Ground Water Rule - Treatment Technique Violations for Ground Water Systems
  • 3745-81-45 (April 1, 2016) Ground Water Rule - Reporting and Recordkeeping for Ground Water Systems
  • 3745-81-50 (April 1, 2016) Revised Total Coliform Rule - General Monitoring Requirements
  • 3745-81-51 (April 1, 2016) Revised Total Coliform Rule - Routine Monitoring Requirements
  • 3745-81-52 (April 1, 2016) Revised Total Coliform Rule - Repeat Monitoring and E. coli Requirements
  • 3745-81-53 (April 1, 2016) Revised Total coliform Rule - Coliform Treatment Technique Triggers and Assessment Requirements
  • 3745-81-54 (April 1, 2016) Revised Total Coliform Rule - Violations
  • 3745-81-55 (April 1, 2016) Revised Total Coliform Rule - Reporting and Recordkeeping
  • 3745-81-60 (April 1, 2016) Inspections and response requirements.
  • 3745-81-61 (April 1, 2016) Treatment Technique Requirements for Significant Deficiencies
  • 3745-81-64 (Jan. 8, 2010) General Requirements of the "Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment (LT2) Rule"
  • 3745-81-65  (Oct. 5, 2013) Source Monitoring Requirements
  • 3745-81-66  (Oct. 5, 2013) Source Monitoring Results and Grandfathered Data
  • 3745-81-67 (Jan. 8,  2010) LT2 Bin Classification and Treatment Technique Requirements
  • 3745-81-68 (Jan. 8, 2010) Microbial Toolbox Options for Meeting Cryptosporidium Treatment Requirements
  • 3745-81-69 (Jan. 8, 2010) Reporting and Record-keeping Requirements for LT2 Only
  • 3745-81-70 (April 1, 2016) Monitoring Requirements for Disinfectant Residuals
  • 3745-81-71 (Oct. 5, 2013) General Requirements for Filtration and Disinfection of Surface Water Sources
  • 3745-81-72 (Oct. 5, 2013) Disinfection of Water from Surface Water Sources
  • 3745-81-73 (Oct. 5, 2013) Filtration of Water From Surface Water Sources
  • 3745-81-74 (May 12, 2016) Turbidity and Disinfection Monitoring Requirements for Surface Water Systems
  • 3745-81-75 (Oct. 5, 2013) Reporting and Record-keeping Requirements
  • 3745-81-76 (Aug. 1, 2014) Water Source Designation
  • 3745-81-77 (Jan. 1, 2010) Treatment Techniques for Control of Disinfection Byproduct (DBP) Precursors
  • 3745-81-79 (Oct. 5, 2013) Filter Backwash Recycling
  • 3745-81-80 (May 1, 2018) Control of Lead and Copper - General Requirements
  • 3745-81-81 (May 1, 2018) Control of Lead and Copper; Applicability of Corrosion Control Treatment Steps to Small, Medium-size and Large Water Systems.
  • 3745-81-82 (July 24, 2009) Control of Lead and Copper; Description of Corrosion Control Treatment Requirements  
  • 3745-81-83 (July 24, 2009) Control of Lead and Copper; Source Water Treatment Requirements
  • 3745-81-84 (May 1, 2018) Control of Lead and Copper - Lead Service Line Replacement Requirements
  • 3745-81-85 (May 1, 2018) Control of Lead and Copper - Public Education, Supplemental Monitoring Requirements and Consumer Notification of Results
  • 3745-81-86 (May 1, 2018) Control of Lead and Copper - Monitoring Requirements for Lead and Copper in Tap Water
  • 3745-81-87 (May 1, 2018) Control of Lead and Copper - Monitoring Requirements for Water Quality Parameters
  • 3745-81-88 (July 24, 2009) Control of Lead and Copper - Monitoring Requirements for Lead and Copper in Water Entering the Distribution System
  • 3745-81-89 (May 1, 2018) Analytical Methods
  • 3745-81-90 (May 1, 2018) Control of Lead and Copper - Reporting and Record-keeping Requirements

Chapter 3745-82: Secondary Contaminant Standards

  • 3745-82-01 (Oct. 1, 2006) Definitions
  • 3745-82-02 (Sept. 13, 1993) Secondary Maximum Contaminant Levels
  • 3745-82-03 (Aug. 5, 2016) Monitoring for Compliance with Secondary Maximum Contaminant Levels
  • 3745-82-04 (Aug 5, 2016) Monitoring for Compliance with the Fluoride Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level

Chapter 3745-83: Operational Requirements

  • 3745-83-01 (March 4, 2016) Operational Requirements
  • 3745-83-02 (Nov. 1, 2018) Water distribution system disruption of service.  

Chapter 3745-84: Public Water System Licenses

  • 3745-84-01 (July 1, 2014) Definitions
  • 3745-84-02 (July 1, 2014) Application for a License to Operate or Maintain a Public Water System
  • 3745-84-03 (July 1, 2014) Expiration and Renewal of License to Operate or Maintain a Public Water System
  • 3745-84-04 (July 1, 2014) Format and Display of License to Operate or Maintain a Public Water System
  • 3745-84-05 (July 1, 2014) Fees for Operating or Maintaining a Public Water System
  • 3745-84-06 (July 1, 2014) Conditioning, Denial, Suspension or Revocation of a License to Operate or Maintain a Public Water System  

Chapter 3745-85: Contingency Plans

Chapter 3745-86: Emergency Loans

Chapter 3745-87: Asset Management Program

  • 3745-87-01 (Nov. 8, 2018) Asset Management Definitions
  • 3745-87-02 (Nov. 8, 2018) Applicability and general requirements
  • 3745-87-03 (Nov. 8, 2018) Contents of an asset management program
  • 3745-87-04 (Nov. 8, 2018) Evaluation criteria
  • 3745-87-05 (Nov. 8, 2018) Long-term implementation

Chapter 3745-88: Disadvantaged Community Loans

Chapter 3745-89: Laboratory Certification

  • 3745-89-01 (June 1, 2016) Laboratory Certification Definitions  
  • 3745-89-02 (June 1, 2016) Analyses Requiring Laboratory Certificate of Approval
  • 3745-89-03 (June 1, 2016) Procedure for Laboratory Certification
  • 3745-89-04 (June 1, 2016) Renewal of Laboratory Certification
  • 3745-89-05 (June 1, 2016) Maintenance of a Laboratory Certification
  • 3745-89-06 (June 1, 2016) Director's Actions for Laboratory Certification  
  • 3745-89-07 (May 4, 2015) Laboratory Certificate Property of State; Display
  • 3745-89-08 (May 1, 2018) Reporting of Analytical Results
  • 3745-89-09 (May 4, 2015) Interim Authorization for Plant Control Tests or MMO-MUG (SM 9223) Tests
  • 3745-89-10 (May 4, 2015) Interim Authorization for New Contaminants and New Methods
  • 3745-89-11 (May 4, 2015) Certified Laboratories for the "Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule"

Chapter 3745-90: Harmful Algal Blooms

  • 3745-90-01 (June 1, 2016) Harmful Algal Blooms - Definitions
  • 3745-90-02 (June 1, 2016) Harmful Algal Blooms - Applicability and Action Levels
  • 3745-90-03 (June 1, 2016) Harmful Algal Blooms - Monitoring
  • 3745-90-04 (June 1, 2016) Harmful Algal Blooms - Analytical Methods and Reporting
  • 3745-90-05 (June 1, 2016) Harmful Algal Blooms - Treatment Techniques
  • 3745-90-06 (June 1, 2016) Harmful Algal Blooms - Tier 1 Public Notification and Consumer Confidence Reports
  • 3745-90-07 (June 1, 2016) Harmful Algal Blooms - Recordkeeping

Chapter 3745-91: Plan Approval

  • 3745-91-01 (Dec. 31, 2006) Definitions
  • 3745-91-02 (June 13, 2016) Application for Approval of Plans
  • 3745-91-03 (June 13, 2016) Requirements for Plan Drawings
  • 3745-91-04 (Nov. 26, 1980) Requirements for Specifications
  • 3745-91-05 (Jan. 1, 2002) Requirements for Data Sheet
  • 3745-91-06 (April 19, 2012) Requirements for Supporting Information
  • 3745-91-07 (Jan. 1, 2002) Requirements for Submittal Letter
  • 3745-91-08 (June 13, 2016) Procedure for Approval; Changes
  • 3745-91-09 (Oct. 14, 2016) Iron and Manganese Treatment
  • 3745-91-10 (Sept. 1, 2009) Drinking Water Source Protection Plan
  • 3745-91-12 (Oct. 26, 2015) Certification by Political Subdivisions and Investor-owned Utilities

Chapter 3745-92: Escrow Requirements

  • 3745-92-01 (Nov. 26, 1980) Definitions
  • 3745-92-02 (Nov. 8, 2018) Financial assurance required
  • 3745-92-03 (Nov. 8, 2018) Amount of financial assurance
  • 3745-92-04 (Nov. 26, 1980) Release of Escrow
  • 3745-92-05 (Nov. 8, 2018) Orders of the director, notice to owner
  • 3745-92-06 (Nov. 26, 1980) Fee for Escrow Deposit  

Chapter 3745-95: Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control

  • 3745-95-01 (Oct. 26, 2015) Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control Definitions
  • 3745-95-02 (Oct. 26, 2015) Cross-connections
  • 3745-95-03 (Oct. 26, 2015) Surveys and Investigations
  • 3745-95-04 (Aug. 15, 2018) Where Protection is Required
  • 3745-95-05 (Oct. 26, 2015) Type of Protection Required
  • 3745-95-06 (Oct. 26, 2015) Backflow Prevention Devices
  • 3745-95-07 (Aug. 15, 2018) Booster Pumps
  • 3745-95-08 (Aug. 15, 2018) Violations
  • 3745-95-09 (April 19, 2012) Requirements for Yard Hydrants

Chapter 3745-96: Consumer Confidence Reports

  • 3745-96-01 (Oct. 26, 2015) Consumer Confidence Report Applicability and Definitions
  • 3745-96-02 (May 1, 2018 ) Required Report Content
  • 3745-96-03 (Oct. 31, 2010) Required Additional Health Information
  • 3745-96-04 (Oct. 26, 2015) Report Delivery and Record-keeping

Policies and Guidance

Currently effective policy and guidance documents related to the safe drinking water program are listed below by general topic.

Engineering

  • ENG-01-003: Guidelines for Clarifier and Granular Media Filter Ratings at Surface Water Treatment Plants
  • ENG-02-001: Guidelines for Treatment Process Ratings at Precipitative (e.g., Lime) Softening Ground Water Plants
  • ENG-03-002: Detail Plan Submission Guidance for Non-community Public Water Systems
  • ENG-05-001: Guidelines for Obtaining Approval of Membranes to Meet Particulate and Microbiological Removal Requirements for Surface Water
  • ENG-06-001: Guideline for Evaluation and Implementation of Chloramination
  • ENG-07-001: Guidelines for Obtaining Approval of Membranes to Meet Treatment Requirements for Ground Water Treatment
  • ENG-08-002: Policy for Determining the Acceptability of ASTM Pipe in Lieu of AWWA Pipe for Public Water Systems
  • ENG-09-001: Guidelines for Evaluating Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) for Disinfection By-product (DBP) Precursor Removal
  • ENG-10-001: Guidance for Installation of Automatic Flush Hydrants in Distribution Systems
  • ENG-12-001: Guidelines for Demonstration of On-site Sodium Hypochlorite Generators to Meet Inactivation/Disinfection Requirements of Drinking Water
  • ENG-13-001: Guidelines for Obtaining Secondary Filtration Credit for Compliance with the LT2 Rule
  • ENG-16-001: Guidelines for Agreements for Self-Certification of Distribution System Plans by Public Water Systems
  • ENG-18-001: Guidance for High Rate Filtration for Iron and Manganese Removal at Groundwater Treatment Plants
  • ENG-19-001: Guidelines for Determining When Source or Treatment Changes Trigger Optimal Corrosion Control Evaluation​

Ground Water

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.

Ground Water Wells

Agency-wide

Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) Guidance Documents issued by DDAGW

Division of Surface Water (DSW) Guidance Documents issued by DDAGW

Laboratory Certification

  • LAB-01-002: Fluoride Proficiency Test for Drinking Water Laboratories

Operations

  • OPR-02-001: Chlorine Monitoring and Compliance Tracking for Ground Water Systems
  • OPR-03-001: Guidance for Flood Event Monitoring by Public Water Systems with Ground Water Sources
  • OPR-05-002: Disinfection of Finished Water Storage Facilities & Water Mains
  • OPR-07-001: Asset Management Program - General Template Guidance
  • OPR-08-001: Asset Management Program - Small Community Guidance

Public Water Systems

  • PWS-01-003: Clarification of Public Water Systems Definition and Exemption Criteria
  • PWS-02-003​: Alternative to the Installation of an Approved Backflow Preventer on Service Connections Where There is an Auxiliary Water System
  • PWS-04-001: Guidelines for Lead Mapping in Distribution Systems
  • PWS-05-001: Guidelines for Mapping Lead Plumbing and Fixtures for Individual Buildings
  • PWS-06-001: Guidelines for Water Line Repairs and Replacements in Areas with Lead Service Lines

Water Quality

  • WQ-01-006: Guidance of Total Coliform Bacteria Monitoring for Small Public Water Systems (Population Less Than 3,301 Persons)  (Under Revision)
  • WQ-06-002: Limited Distribution of Public Notice
  • WQ-07-002: Tier 1 Public Notice Requirements 
  • WQ-13-002: Designation of Community Public Water Systems Vulnerable to Contamination from Beta Particle and Photon Radioactivity
  • WQ-14-001: Guidance for Compliance with Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Monitoring and Removal Requirements for Non-conventional Filtration Treatment at Surface Water Treatment Plants
  • WQ-17-001: Guidance for Ground Water Rule Triggered Source Water Monitoring (TSWM) Plans and Options for Reducing Samples
  • WQ-21-001: Guidance for Hydrogeologic Sensitivity Assessment
  • WQ-22-001: Guidance for Assessment Source Water Monitoring
    • Guidance for Hydrogeologic Sensitivity Assessment and Assessment Source Water Monitoring; Hydrogeologic Sensitivity Assessment and Assessment Source Water Monitoring Pilot Report 

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