Water Supply Systems and Wastewater Treatment Facilities Advisory Council
Active dates:1995 -
Function: The council advises the commissioners of the Department of Health and the Pollution Control Agency regarding classification of water supply systems and wastewater treatment facilities, qualifications and competency evaluation of water supply system operators and wastewater treatment facility operators, and additional laws, rules and procedures that may be desirable for regulating the operation of water supply systems and of wastewater treatment facilities.
The original Water and Wastewater Operators Certification Council was created in 1971. It had rule making authority on the classification of water supply systems, wastewater treatment facilities, and the certification of operators of the systems and facilities. The original council was sunsetted in 1995 and the current Water Supply Systems and Wastewater Treatment Facilities Advisory Council was formed.
The current council is strictly an advisory council to the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and does not have rule making authority.
(Above paragraphs are from the Council's website 12/10/12)
The Water Supply Systems and Wastewater Treatment Facilities Advisory Council was reviewed by the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy (LCPFP) in 2013 as part of their biennial duty required by Minn. Stat. 3.885 Subd. 11. The LCPFP's 2013 Recommendations called for keeping the council and 2014 Minn. Laws Chap. 286 Art. 7 Sec. 1 extended the council's expiration date to June 30, 2019.
As of 2012, the council consists of 11 members including one member from the Department of Health, Division of Environmental Health, appointed by the Commissioner of Health; one member from the Pollution Control Agency; appointed by the Commissioner of Pollution Control Agency; three members who must be certified water supply system operators, appointed by the Commissioner of Health; three members who must be certified wastewater treatment facility operators, appointed by the Commissioner of Pollution Control Agency; one member representing an organization that represents municipalities, appointed by the Commissioner of Health with the concurrence of the Commissioner of Pollution Control Agency; and two members of the public who are not associated with water supply systems or wastewater treatment facilities. One of the members of the public shall be a representative of academia in a water or wastewater related field. One must be appointed by the Commissioner of Health and the other by the Commissioner of Pollution Control Agency. One of the water supply system operators and one of the wastewater treatment facility operators must be from outside the metro area, and one wastewater operator must come from the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services. One of the water supply system operators must representative a nonmunicipal community or nontransient noncommunity water supply system.
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