NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON
CHANGES TO HAWAII ADMINISTRATIVE RULES (HAR), TITLE 11,
CHAPTER 20, ENTITLED “RULES RELATING TO PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS”
STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
DOCKET NO. R-20-17-01
The Department of Health (DOH) will receive written comments and hold a public hearing on proposed changes to Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Chapter 11-20, Rules Relating to Public Water Systems. The Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) was published in the Federal Register on February 13, 2013. The RTCR was subsequently codified in Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, primarily Parts 141 and 142. The initial compliance date for public water systems was April 1, 2016. The RTCR affects all public water systems in the state. Its primary purpose is to reduce the entry of fecal contamination into distribution systems. A total of 135 public water systems, serving approximately 1.5 million customers on the islands of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii, must comply with the RTCR.
The proposed significant changes are summarized as follows:
1. The revisions to HAR, Chapter 11-20 are entirely federally mandated.
2. Routine and repeat sample monitoring requirements will be revised.
3. Based on monitoring results, assessments will be required to address fecal contamination that could enter into public water systems.
The public hearing will be held on Oahu on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 1:30 p.m., in the 5th floor conference room of 919 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu. Persons desiring to speak are asked to submit two (2) copies of their statement before or at the hearing. Written statements will also be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on March 16, 2017, at the Safe Drinking Water Branch (SDWB) Oahu address noted below.
Copies of the proposed rules and documents explaining the proposed changes are available for review Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 7:45 a.m. until 4:15 p.m., at the following locations:
Oahu SDWB, 919 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 308, Honolulu, 96814-4920, phone 586-4258, contact: Ann Zane
Kauai DOH, District Health Office, 3040 Umi St., Lihue, 96766, phone 241- 3323
Maui DOH, District Health Office, 54 High St., Wailuku, 96793, phone 984- 8234
Hawaii DOH, District Health Office, 1582 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, 96720, phone 933-0407, contact: Theresa McGeehan-Takiue.
DOH, District Health Office, 79-1020 Haukapila Street, Kealakekua, 96750, phone 322-1507.
The proposed rules will also be mailed at no cost upon request. To obtain copies, download the documents from the website (stated above), call the SDWB at (808) 586-4258, or write to the Oahu address above.
For more information, please contact Ms. Ann Zane of the SDWB at the above address or at (808) 586-4258. Neighbor island residents may call the SDWB via the following direct toll free numbers:
Kauai: 274-3141 ext. 64258
Maui: 984-2400 ext. 64258
Hawaii Island: 974-4000 ext. 64258
Molokai and Lanai: 1-800-468-4644, ext. 64258
Requests for special needs due to disability or language will be accommodated if such request is made at least seven (7) days prior to the scheduled hearing. For those who use a TTY/TDD, please call through Verizon Hawaii Telephone Relay Service, at 1-711 or 1-877-447-5991.
Please notify anyone you know who would be interested in this matter.
VIRGINIA PRESSLER, M.D.
Director of Health