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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals
[REPEALED] Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals Regulations [18 VAC 160 ‑ 20]
Action Amend regulations to license onsite sewage system professionals.
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Comment Period Ends 6/24/2009
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6/11/09  1:53 pm
Commenter: Michael Swartz

Interim License for Operators and Installers

Maintenance" or "maintain" ] means performing adjustments to equipment and controls and in-kind replacement of normal wear and tear parts such as light bulbs, fuses, filters, pumps, motors, or other like components. Maintenance includes pumping the tanks or cleaning the building sewer on a periodic basis. Maintenance shall not include replacement of tanks, drain field piping, distribution boxes, or work requiring a construction permit and a licensed onsite sewage system installer.

"Operate" means any act of an individual, which that may impact on the finished water quality at a waterworks [ or, ] the plant effluent at a wastewater works [ , or the effluent at an onsite sewage system 

These definitions appear to allow a homeowner to clean his effluent filter, adjust dial-a-flows in his distribution box, or replace normal wear and tear parts, such as the pump without hiring an operator.  The owner would not be operating the sewage system but maintaining it.  I support allowing owners to maintain their sewage systems without having to hire an operator if they so choose.   I recommend changing the definitions for the installer and operator definitions so that they can also maintain a sewage system unless maintenance is considered a form of operate, in which case the definition of "operate should include maintenance.  Does a septic contractor have to hold an operator license to replace a pump?  Can installers and operators perform maintenance? 

CommentID: 7071