007.04.19 Ark. Code R. § 006 - Rules Pertaining to Water Operator Licensing

Current through Register Vol. 2022, No. 3, March, 2022

SECTION I. AUTHORITY

The following Rules Pertaining to Water Operator Licensing are duly adopted and promulgated by the Arkansas State Board of Health pursuant to the authority expressly conferred by the Laws of the State of Arkansas including, without limitation, Act 96 of 1913, as amended. Act 333 of 1957 as amended Act 1001 of 1991 as amended and Act 494 of 1997 as amended. (See Arkansas Codes Annotated, Title 17, Chapter 51, Sections 101 -106, and Sections 201 - 205)

SECTION II. PURPOSE

These Rules are adopted for the purpose of ensuring that all public water systems in the State of Arkansas are operated by personnel who have shown their competence and knowledge of the public health and scientific principles necessary to produce and deliver adequate quantities of water which meets or exceeds the National Primary and Secondary Drinking Water Standards.

SECTION III. DEFINITIONS
A. ADVANCED TREATMENT means the application of physical processes (Some examples are aerators, clarifiers or filters.) to water, for the purposes of improving the quality or condition of the water.
B. BOARD means the Arkansas State Board of Health.
C. COMMITTEE means the Drinking Water Advisory And Operator Licensing Committee.
D. DEPARTMENT means the Arkansas Department of Health.
E. LATE RENEWAL means an application for renewal when the application for renewal or the associated fee is received more than thirty (30) days following the beginning of a renewal period.
F. OPERATE means to make decisions or conduct acts that contribute to the production, treatment, or delivery of potable water by the water system, if such decisions or acts involve process control or system integrity.
G. OPERATING SHIFT means that period of time during which operator decisions that affect public health are necessary for proper operation of the water system.
H. OWNER means any person, firm, corporation, institution, or governmental agency, or their agent, owning, operating, or modifying any public water system, water distribution facility or water treatment facility.
I. PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM or PWS means all sources and their surroundings from which water is derived for drinking or domestic purposes by the public, and all structures, conduits, and appurtenances in connection therewith by which water for such use is obtained, treated, conditioned, stored or delivered to the public, if such system has at least fifteen service connections or serves an average of twenty-five individuals daily at least 60 days per year.
1. COMMUNITY PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM means any public water systems, which serves at least 15 service connections used by year-round residents or regularly serves at least 25 year-round residents.
2. NON-COMMUNITY PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM means a public water system that serves at least 15 service connections or 25 persons per day that is not a community water system.
a. NON-TRANSIENT NON-COMMUNITY PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM means a Non-Community Water System that serves at least 25 of the same individuals at least 180 days (or portions thereof) per year.
b. TRANSIENT NON-COMMUNITY PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM is any Non-Community Public Water System that is not a Non-Transient Non-Community Public Water System.
3. CONSECUTIVE SYSTEMS are public water systems that obtain all or part of their water supply, either directly or indirectly, from another public water system.
4. SMALL WATER SYSTEM shall mean a Public Water System serving a total population of less than 500, including the population of any consecutive Public Water Systems that it operates.
J. SURFACE WATER means water that flows over or rests upon the surface of the earth.
K. SURFACE WATER INFLUENCED SOURCE means any source with significant occurrence of insects or other macro-organisms, algae, or large diameter pathogens such as Giardia lamblia, or which is subject to significant changes in water quality which are determined to be in direct relationship with the climatological or surface water conditions.
L. TREATMENT means the application of physical processes and/or the addition of chemicals to water which a public water system provides to the public, for the purposes of improving the quality of the water, except that the addition of gaseous chlorine, calcium hypochlorite or sodium hypochlorite alone shall not be defined as treatment.
M. WATER DISTRIBUTION FACILITIES shall mean that portion of the public water system in which water is stored and conveyed from the water treatment facilities or other supply point to the premises of a water consumer. This type of facility would also include groundwater sources without treatment.
1. A single pressure plane distribution facility is a distribution network that has only one pressure gradient downstream of the source of supply.
2. A multiple pressure plane distribution facility is a distribution network that has more then a single pressure gradient downstream of the source of supply. A booster pump station or a pressure reducing valve could create the additional pressure gradient. A booster pump or a pressure reducing valve serving an individual or small group of service connections would not be considered as a separate pressure gradient.
N. WATER OPERATOR means any person who during the performance of their regular duties, at all community public water system, all non-transient non-community public water system, or any other non-community public water system that utilizes a surface water source or surface water influenced source, exercises individual judgment, whether directly or indirectly, that might affect the safety, quality, or quantity of water delivered from the water system. (The term Operator generally includes, but is not limited to, Managers, Assistant Managers, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Construction and Maintenance Foremen, treatment plant personnel and other persons responsible for the operation and maintenance of wells, reservoirs, water treatment facilities, water distribution facilities, and pumping facilities.)
O. WATER OPERATOR(S) IN RESPONSIBLE CHARGE is defined as the water operator(s) designated by the owner to be the licensed operator(s) who is in direct supervision of the water system regarding the daily operational activities and protocols that an operator(s) follows when operating a public water system, water treatment facility and/or distribution facility.
P. WATER OPERATOR-IN-TRAINING means any Water Operator who has successfully completed the formal license examination, but has not met the experience requirement.
Q. WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES shall mean that portion of the public water system in which water is obtained and treated.
SECTION IV. APPLICABILITY

These Rules apply to Public Water Systems and any individual who seeks certification or licensure to perform the duties of a Water Operator or other activities for which certification or licensure as a Water Operator is available from the Department of Health. All Public Water Systems and any individual performing the duties of a Water Operator must comply with these Rules.

SECTION V. LICENSE TYPE AND GRADE OF LICENSE REQUIRED
A. The owners of all community public water systems, all non-transient non-community public water systems, and those other non-community public water systems that utilize a surface water source or surface water influenced groundwater source must place the direct supervision of the water system under an available Water Operator(s) in Responsible Charge holding a valid license equal to or greater than the classification of the treatment facility and/or distribution facility.
B. All Community public water systems, all Non-Transient Non-Community public water systems and those other non-community public water systems that utilize a surface water source or surface water influenced groundwater source must have a licensed operator available for each operating shift.
C. Water Operators that perform water treatment facility duties must hold a valid active Water Treatment Operator License. Water Operators that perform duties in a water distribution facility must hold a valid active Water Distribution Operator License. Water Operators that perform both water treatment facility and water distribution facility duties must hold a valid active Water Treatment Operator License and a valid active Water Distribution Operator License.
D. Water Treatment Facilities shall be classified as Grade I, Grade II, Grade III and Grade IV facilities according to the facilities size and complexity of treatment, with Grade IV being the largest most complex.
E. Water Distribution Facilities shall be classified as Very Small Water System, Grade I, Grade II, Grade III and Grade IV facilities according to the facilities size and complexity of treatment, with Grade IV being the largest most complex.
F. Water Treatment Facilities and Distribution Facilities shall be classified in accordance with Table 1. Water Operators, Operators In Responsible Charge or Operators-In-Training of these facilities shall be licensed in the appropriate grades and license types in accordance with Table 1. (See page 5 and Attachment 1.)
G. Community and non-transient non-community public water systems and any other non-community public water system that utilizes a surface water source or surface water influenced source shall be classified based on the highest level of certification required to operate any of the system's treatment facilities and the highest level of certification required to operate any of the system's distribution facilities.

Public Water System and Operator Required Licenses

WATER TREATMENT OPERATOR LICENSE

TYPE OF TREATMENT

POPULATION SERVED (Include consecutive system population.)

IS ORC* OR A SUPERIOR?

LICENSE GRADE REQUIRED

CHEMICAL ADDITION

25 TO 3,299

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I

3,300 TO 9,999

YES

II

NO

I

10,000 TO 49,999

YES

III

NO

II

50,000 OR GREATER

YES

IV

NO

III

ADVANCED TREATMENT

25 TO 3,299

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II

3,300 TO 9,999

YES

III

NO

II

10,000 OR GREATER

YES

IV

NO

III

WATER DISTRIBUTION OPERATOR LICENSE

DISTRIBUTION

FACILITY

COMPLEXITY

POPULATION SERVED (Include consecutive system population, if operated by this water system.)

IS ORC* OR A SUPERIOR?

LICENSE GRADE REQUIRED

SINGLE PRESSURE PLANE - NO PUMP(S) EXCEPT SOURCE/WTP PUMP(S)

25 TO 499

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SMALL SYSTEM

500 TO 3,299

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I

3,300 TO 9,999

YES

II

NO

I

10,000 TO 49,999

YES

III

NO

II

50,000 OR GREATER

YES

IV

NO

III

MULTIPLE PRESSURE PLANES

25 TO 499

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I

500 TO 3,299

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II

3,300 TO 9,999

YES

III

NO

II

10,000 OR GREATER

YES

IV

NO

III

*Operator in Responsible Charge

H. During routine sanitary surveys of public water systems, Department staff shall examine the organizational structure of each system, and identify all positions or classes of positions for which licensure is required and determine if they are a supervisory position for licensing purposes.
I The licensure determinations may be appealed by the public water systems to the Committee for their review and determination.
J. Licensed operators must notify this office in writing of any changes in their employment, contract operation or volunteer status with a Public Water System.
SECTION VI. CRIMINAL OFFENSES
A. Prohibiting Criminal Offenses
1. An individual is not eligible to receive or hold a license issued by the Board if that individual has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to or been found guilty of any of the offenses detailed in Ark. Code Ann. § 17-3-102 et seq. by any court in the State of Arkansas or of any similar offense by a court in another state or of any similar offense by a federal court, unless the conviction was lawfully sealed under the Comprehensive Criminal Record Sealing Act of 2013 § 16-90-1401 et seq. or otherwise sealed pardoned or expunged under prior law.
2. The Board may grant a waiver as authorized by Ark. Code Ann. § 17-3-102 in certain circumstances.
3. The Board is not authorized to conduct criminal background checks, but may inquire about criminal convictions upon application or renewal of a license. Any applicant or licensee which provides false information to the Board regarding a criminal conviction may be subject to suspension, revocation or denial of a license.
B. Pre-Licensure Prohibiting Offense Determination
1. Pursuant to Act 990 of 2019, an individual may petition for a pre licensure determination of whether the individual's criminal record will disqualify the individual from licensure and whether a waiver may be obtained.
2. The individual must obtain the pre-licensure criminal background check petition form from the Board.
3. The Board will respond with a decision in writing to a completed petition within a reasonable time.
4. The Board's response will state the reason(s) for the decision,
5. All decisions of the Board in response to the petition will be determined by the information provided by the individual.
6. Any decision made by the Board in response to a pre-licensure criminal background check petition is not subject to appeal.
7. The Board will retain a copy of the petition and response and it will be reviewed during the formal application process.
SECTION VII. EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
A. Applicants for licensing shall have a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma or GED. On a case by case basis, the Committee may determine that an applicant's experience or relevant training can be substituted for the requisite high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma. Any training or experience used for such substitution shall not be used to meet the minimum experience requirement.
B. The mandatory minimum training requirements that must be met for each license grade and license type are contained in Table 2.

TRAINING HOUR REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSE EXAMS

Course Name

Length

D-SS

D-1

D-2

D-3

D-4

T-1

T-2

T-3

T-4

PWS Rules and SDWA Compliance

8hr

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Basic Water Works Math

8hr.

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Applied Water Works Math

8hr.

X

X

X

X

X

X

Distribution Basic

24 hr

X

X

X

X

X

Distribution Intermediate

24 hr.

X

X

X

Distribution Advanced

24 hr.

X

Treatment Basic

24 hr.

X

X

X

X

Treatment Intermediate

24 hr.

X

X

X

Treatment Advanced

24 hr.

X

X

Tot. hrs.

40

40

72

72

96

40

72

96

96

Table 2

C. Applicants for licensure must meet the minimum mandatory training requirements prior to sitting for the license exam. It is the responsibility of the applicant to meet the mandatory training prior to sitting for an exam. Failure to meet the training requirements for the license exam grade and type taken will result in the invalidation of the license exam and forfeiture of the exam fee.
D. The Licensing Committee, after determining that a required training course is not, and has not been, reasonably available in a geographical area of the State, may waive the mandatory training requirement for that course and area, for a specified period of time.
E. All operators sitting for an exam after January 1, 2003 must meet the required training. Equivalent training attended prior to this date may be substituted for the required training requirements.
F. Operators upgrading a license in good standing will be considered to have the training required for the license held,
G. Education substitution for post secondary degrees will be as follows:
1. Bachelors or Associates of Science or Applied Science Degree in an applicable physical science may be substituted for all the minimum training requirements except the Rules Course and the course required for the specific license examination to be taken.
2. A Bachelors or Associates of Applied Science in Water and Wastewater Technology may be substituted for the entire minimum training requirements except the Rules Course.
3. Post secondary degrees used to meet Education requirements cannot also be used to meet Experience requirement.
SECTION VIII. EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS
A. Applicants for licensing shall be examined to determine their skills, knowledge, ability, and judgment in the safe and proper operation of a public water system. The examination must consist of validated questions and be developed utilizing proper exam development procedures and validation protocols.
B. An individual desiring to obtain a Water Operator License by examination shall file a license application, including the required license and exam fees, with the certification program not later than 60 days proceeding the date of examination, The application will be valid for one year.
C. An individual desiring to be examined shall be required to provide adequate photographic identification prior to receiving and when returning an examination. All exams and related materials must be returned, prior to leaving the exam session. Failure to return the exam and related materials will result in administrative actions, penalties or criminal charges.
D. Separate examinations shall be prepared for each certification classification. For grades l-IV a separate examination shall be prepared for the water treatment plant operation license and the distribution facility operation license.
E. Grade l-IV examinations shall be written and consist of at least 100 questions. The very small system examination shall be written and consist of at least 50 questions. All examinations will be closed book, with math formulas provided.
F. All examinations shall be scored by the Committee, or by others designated by the Committee, and the applicant shall be notified of the outcome. The test booklet shall not be returned to the applicant.
G. Applicants who fail to pass the examination may repeat the examination at subsequent examination sessions. An additional examination fee is required for each examination. This fee must be received 15 days prior to sitting for the exam. An additional application is not required for repeated examinations, if the examination is repeated within one (1) year.
SECTION IX. EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
A. Evaluation of the Experience requirement shall be based on completion of the following periods of approved work:

1.

Grade IV Treatment License

Three (3) years

Grade IV Distribution License

Three (3) years

2.

Grade III Treatment License

Two (2) years

Grade III Distribution License

Two (2) years

3.

Grade II Treatment License

One (1) Year

Grade II Distribution License

One (1) year

4.

Grade 1 Treatment License

Six (6) months

Grade 1 Distribution License

Six (6) Months

5.

Small System Distribution License

No experience requirement

B. In order for work to meet the Experience requirement it must be from work or the supervision of work that is directly related to the license being obtained.
C. Certain post-secondary degrees may be substituted for experience credit towards meeting the experience requirement. The degree must be shown on the license application to be considered for credit. Experience credit will be allowed as shown in Table 3 at the end of this section.
D. Post secondary degree used to meet Experience requirement cannot be used to meet Education requirements.

POST SECONDARY DEGREE EXPERIENCE CREDIT

Post Secondary Degree

License

Experience Allowed

License Appropriate Water System Experience Required

Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, or other applicable physical sciences

Grade 1

6 Months

Not Applicable

Grade II

9 Months

3 Months

Grade III

18 Months

6 Months

Grade IV

24 Months

12 Months

Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Water and Wastewater Technology

Grade 1

6 Months

Not Applicable

Grade II

9 Months

3 Months

Grade III

18 Months

6 Months

Grade IV

24 Months

12 Months

Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Engineering, Electronics, Environmental Science, or other applicable physical sciences

Grade 1

6 Months

Not Applicable

Grade II

6 Months

3 Months

Grade III

9 Months

6 Months

Grade IV

12 Months

12 Months

Table 3

SECTION X. ISSUANCE OF LICENSES AND PERMITS
A. A license shall not be issued to any applicant until the education, examination and experience requirements have been successfully completed, or until the applicant has been successfully evaluated for reciprocity.
B. An Operator-In-Training certificate shall be issued to a license applicant when the experience requirement has not been completed and the license examination has been successfully completed.

C: Temporary permits will not be issued. To issue a Temporary Permit to an unlicensed operator of a public water system the Department must assure that its issuance will not jeopardize public health and safety. The Department cannot provide this assurance due to improved knowledge of water borne disease outbreaks and because Public Water Systems have an increased risk of microbial contamination.

D. Inactive Licenses are no longer allowed. Licenses placed in the inactive status, when it was allowed, may be reinstated at any time, after approval by the Department, by paying the required reinstatement fees and passing an examination on current Public Water System Rules, policies, and Safe Drinking Water Act compliance requirements. The Department shall require license examination be passed to reinstate the license if the inactive pehod exceeds ten (10) years. Examinations may be waived provided the operator can prove through closely related work that the operator has kept current with present Public Water System requirements.
SECTION XI. FEES ESTABLISHED
A. Examination

The fee shall be $25.00 per examination, the initial exam fee shall be paid at the time of License Application and all subsequent exam fees must be received 15 days in advance of the examination.

B. License

The fee shall be $10.00, paid at the time of License Application.

C. License Renewal

The fee shall be $10.00 for each two (2) year renewal period for each license or Operator-In-Training certificate renewed.

D. Penalty for Late Renewal

The fee for penalty for late renewal shall be $5.00.

E. Reciprocity Evaluation

The fee for evaluating an applicant for reciprocity shall be $25.00 per license evaluated.

F. Reinstatement of Inactive License

The fee for reinstating an Inactive License shall be $10.00 for each renewal period during which the license has not been active, provided that the total fee shall not exceed $35.00.

G. Reinstatement of Revoked License

The fee due to revocation shall be $10.00 for each two (2) year renewal period and $10.00 for a re-issuance of License.

SECTION XII. EXAMINATION SESSIONS
A. Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association District Meeting

The Arkansas Department of Health shall assign personnel to conduct examinations for applicants for Licenses in each Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association District, upon request, during the months of July and November, at a predetermined and publicized location and time.

B. Annual Industry Association Conferences

The Arkansas Department of Health shall assign personnel to conduct examinations for applicants for Licenses in conjunction with the annual conferences of all major industry associations, upon request, with time and place to be publicized.

C. Other scheduled examination sessions.

The Arkansas Department of Health shall assign personnel to conduct examinations for applicants for Licenses at other examination sessions set by the Committee, at a predetermined and publicized location.

D. Special examinations

Any applicant for License may request a special examination to be given at a date other than the normally scheduled exam session. This request must be in writing to the Executive Secretary of the Licensing Committee and should detail the reasons the special examination is needed.

SECTION XIII. LICENSES
A. Issued

On satisfactory fulfillment of the certification requirements the Executive Secretary of the Committee shall issue a suitable license to the applicant designating their competency. The license shall state the licensed individual's name, the license grade and the license number.

B. Permanent

The license shall be permanent unless revoked for cause; replaced by a higher grade license; invalidated due to Section XIV, Subsection A; or invalidated due to obtaining or renewing the license through fraud; deceit; or the submission of inaccurate qualifications or renewal data.

C. Endorsement
1. Required Qualifications. An applicant applying for reciprocal licensure shall meet the following requirements:
a. The applicant shall hold a substantially similar license in another United States jurisdiction.
1) A license from another state is substantially similar to an Arkansas Water Operator license if the other state's licensure qualifications require:
a) High School Diploma or GED
b) Drinking Water training similar to Table 2
c) Passing of proficiency test meeting SECTION VIII.A
d) Require Training instruction for License maintenance similar to SECTION XIV. A
2) The applicant shall hold his or her occupational licensure in good standing;
3) The applicant shall not have had a license revoked for:
a) An act of bad faith; or
b) A violation of law, rule, or ethics;
4) The applicant shall not hold a suspended or probationary license in a United States jurisdiction;
b. The applicant shall be sufficiently competent in drinking water treatment for treatment license or water distribution for distribution license; and
c. Applicant should have knowledge and necessary skills to:
1) Operate and maintain water treatment plants for treatment license
2) Operate and maintain water distribution for distribution license
3) These skills will include a) Basic algebra, chemistry and biology knowledge b) Mechanical and laboratory aptitude
2. Required documentation an applicant shall submit are a fully-executed application, the required fee, and the documentation described below:
a. As evidence that the applicant's license from another jurisdiction is substantially similar to Arkansas', the applicant shall submit the following information:
1) Evidence of current and active licensure in that state. The Committee may verify this information online if the jurisdiction at issue provides primary source verification on its website or by telephone to the other's state's licensing board; and
2) Evidence that the other state's licensure requirements match those listed in 1.a. The Board may verify this information online or by telephone to the other's state's licensing board.
b. To demonstrate that the applicant meets the requirements in 1.a.1) . through 4)., the applicant shall provide the Board with:
1) The names of all states in which the applicant is currently licensed or has been previously licensed;
2) Letters of good standing or other information from each state in which the applicant is currently or has ever been licensed showing that the applicant has not had his license revoked for the reasons listed in 1 a.3) and does not hold a license on suspended or probationary status as described in 1.a.4). The Board may verify this information online if the jurisdiction at issue provides primary source verification on its website or by telephone to the other's state's licensing board.
c. As evidence that the applicant is sufficiently competent in the field of drinking water treatment for treatment license or water distribution for distribution license, an applicant shall:
1) Pass an appropriate grade water treatment or water distribution license exam d. The following documentation must be provided:
1) Proof License is current
2) List of all state licenses as called for in C.2.b.1)
3) Letters and other documents called for in C.2.b.2) 3. Temporary and Provisional License a. Board shall issue a temporary and provisional license immediately upon receipt of the application, the required fee, and the documentation required under C.2.a. and b.
b. The temporary and provisional license shall be effective for [at least 90 days] [or] [until the Board makes a decision on the application], unless the Board determines that the applicant does not meet the requirements in sections C.1 .a. & b. & c, in which case the provisional and temporary license shall be immediately revoked.
c. An applicant may provide the rest of the documentation required above in order to receive a license, or the applicant may only provide the information necessary for the issuance of a temporary and provisional license.
D. Reciprocity from State not Offering Reciprocity to Arkansas Water Operators
1. The Board shall require an applicant to take the mandatory license training as shown in Table 2 or document substantially equivalent training to Table 2 requirements if the applicant is licensed in another state that does not offer reciprocity to Arkansas residents that is similar to reciprocity provided to out-of-state applicants in A.C.A. § 17-1-108.
2. Reciprocity in another state will be considered similar to reciprocity under A.C.A. § 17-1-108 if the reciprocity provisions in the other state:
a. Provide the least restrictive path to licensure for Arkansas applicants;
b. Do not require Arkansas applicants to participate in the apprenticeship, education, or training required as a prerequisite to licensure of a new professional in that state, except that the state may require Arkansas applicants to participate in continuing education or training that is required for all professionals in that state to maintain the licensure.
c. Do not require Arkansas applicants to take a state-specific education unless required to do so under the same conditions described in A.C.A. § 17-1-108.
E. License for Person from State that doesn't License Water Operators
1. Required Qualifications. An applicant from a state that does not license Drinking Water Treatment or Distribution Operators shall meet the following requirements:
a. The applicant shall be sufficiently competent in drinking water treatment for treatment license or water distribution for distribution license; and
b. The applicant must:
1) Meet the mandatory license training as shown In Table 2
2) Pass an appropriate grade water treatment or water distribution license exam
3) Fulfill the Experience requirements listed In Section IX
2. Required documentation an applicant shall submit are fully-executed application, the required fee, and the documentation described below:
a. As evidence that the applicant is sufficiently competent in the field of drinking water treatment for treatment license or water distribution for distribution license, an applicant shall:
1) Pass an appropriate grade water treatment or water distribution license exam
2) The applicant must:
a) Document attendance completion of the mandatory license training as shown in Table 2
b) Document passing the appropriate grade water treatment or water distribution license exam
c) Document fulfillment of the experience requirements listed in Section IX for the license
F. Automatic Licensure
1. As used in this subsection "automatic licensure" means granting the occupational licensure without an Individual's having met occupational licensure requirements provided under this title or by the rules of the occupational licensing entity.
2. As used in this subsection, "returning military veteran" means a former member of the United States Armed Forces who was discharged from active duty under circumstances other than dishonorable.
3. The Board shall grant automatic licensure to an individual who holds a substantially equivalent license in another U.S. jurisdiction and is:
a. An active duty military service member stationed In the State of Arkansas;
b. A returning military veteran applying for licensure within one (1) year of his or her discharge from active duty; or
c. The spouse of a person under F.3.a or F.3.b
4. The Board shall grant such automatic licensure upon receipt of all of the below:
a. Payment of the initial licensure fee;
b. Evidence that the individual holds a substantially equivalent license in another state; and
c. Evidence that the applicant is a qualified applicant under Section XII LCla
G. Suspension

The Department with the knowledge and approval of the Director of the Arkansas Department of Health shall suspend a Water Operator's license, Operator-In-Training certificate or deny issuance of a license or certificate for cause, including but not limited to when it is found the license holder, operator in training or applicant:

1. Has practiced fraud or deception;
2. That reasonable care, judgment, or the application of their knowledge or ability was not used in the performance of their duties that resulted in water quality being compromised or any non-compliance with any state or federal requirement;
3. That the license holder, operator in training or applicant is Incompetent, unable or not willing to perform their duties properly.

The suspension or denial shall remain in effect until the Committee reviews the case.

H. Revocation

The Committee shall hold a public hearing into the suspension. The Department will present their case and the Water Operator will have the opportunity to present his or her defense. The Committee shall then uphold or deny the suspension. If the suspension is upheld, the Committee shall report the findings of the Public Hearing to the Board and recommend the license remain suspended for a recommended time period or be revoked. The Board shall then reinstate, suspend or revoke the license.

I. Reinstatement

Any Licensed Water System Operator or Operator-In-Training who for any reason, other than revocation, desires to have a license reinstated may request, in a hearing before the Committee; that the Committee re-instate the license, with or without conditions. If the license is re-instated, payment of the applicable fees under Section XI, Subsection C and F must be remitted.

SECTION XI V. MAINTENANCE OF LICENSE
A. In order to renew a Water Operator License or Operator-In-Training Certificate, the operator must certify to the Committee the attendance, at a minimum, of twenty-four (24) hours per two year renewal period of approved training instruction. No additional training instruction will be required to renew additional licenses each renewal period. At least twelve (12) of the approved hours must be in subjects directly applicable to the field of water supply, treatment, distribution, pumping, metering, or management; or the study of approved materials on the same subjects. The remaining twelve (12) hours of approved training may be indirectly applicable subject matter, such as personal operator safety, wastewater, plumbing inspection or cross-connection control certification courses. The various water operator associations' annual and monthly district meetings will be considered as directly applicable training. This subsection is effective with the start of the July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2005 renewal period.
B. The Water Operator is responsible for submitting adequate documentation of the completion of the required training, at the time of license renewal. This documentation must include the date, subject, sponsor, and number of approved training hours for each training session completed and submitted for training credit.
C. A License that has not been renewed in accordance with this section, within ninety days after the license has expired, shall be lapsed and invalid.
D. Any licensee whose License has expired can request, within one (1) year of the date of expiration, the license be reinstated by the Department upon documentation of past renewal training requirements and the payment of the fees as stated in Section XI, Subsection C and D.
E. A Water Operator license or Operator-In-Training certificate that has been expired for more than one (1) year cannot be reinstated. It is necessary for such a license or certificate holder to reapply and be reexamined according to the requirements for new applicants.
SECTION XV. SPECIAL PURPOSE LICENSE

A special purpose license is authorized for Transient Non-Community Public Water Systems that utilize groundwater sources that are Surface Water Influenced Sources. The license shall be restricted to these systems that utilize cartridge/bag filtration technology. The License exam will be a modified Small Water System License with specific questions added related to the very specialized simple to operate water treatment equipment (cartridge filtration) and microbial inactivation processes, being utilized by these systems to meet the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Act requires these systems to be operated by qualified personnel and this license will be used to demonstrate the operators of these systems meet that requirement.

The license exam shall have a minimum of 50 questions related to the topics of cartridge/bag filtration technology, microbial inactivation processes, surface water treatment rules, water distribution questions, and groundwater sources. Holders of this license shall be required to meet the same maintenance of license requirements as a Small System Distribution License holder or attend an Arkansas Department of Health renewal training course, each renewal period, designed specifically to address this type of system and the technology to which this license applies.

Operators of these specific systems may also utilize the Treatment and Distribution Licenses required of Surface Source Transient Non-Community Public Water System's.

SECTION XVI. DRINKING WATER ADVISORY AND OPERATOR LICENSING COMMITTEE
A. The Committee shall elect a Chair who shall serve for a term of one year. The election shall occur at the first meeting of the state fiscal year,
B. The Committee shall utilize "Robert's Rules of Order" as a guide for procedures for conducting business.
C. In the event that more than one person is appointed to the Committee at a particular Board meeting, the new appointees shall draw lots to determine which of the vacant terms that each shall fill.
SECTION XVII. MEETINGS

The Licensing Committee shall meet at least once a year and in special meetings called by the Chair or requested by the Arkansas Department of Health.

SECTION XVIII. ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY AUTHORITY

The Arkansas Department of Health shall have the authority to assess administrative penalties against any individual or any public water system for failure to comply with any portion of these rules, in accordance with the requirements of A.C.A §§ 20-7-101, et seq, and A.C.A §§ 14-262-101, et seq.

SECTION XIX. SEVERABILITY

If any provision of these Rules, or the application thereof to any person or circunnstances is held invalid, such invalidity shall not effect other provisions or applications of these Rules which can be given effect without the invalid provisions or applications, and to this end the provisions hereto are declared to be severable.

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007.04.19 Ark. Code R. § 006
Adopted by Arkansas Register Volume MMXX Number 16, Effective 10/10/2020

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