EPA Rule Updates
Quick Reference Guides
- Total Coliform Rule: A Quick Reference Guide PDF (2 pp, 114 K)
EPA 815-B-13-001, September 2013
- For other quick reference guides visit the drinking water standards - quick reference guides page.
The Total Coliform Rule
- Drinking Water Regulations; Total Coliforms (Including Fecal Coliforms and E. Coli); Final Rule PDF (26 pp, 5 M) (About PDF)
Environmental Protection Agency
- Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
- National Primary Drinking Water Regulations
- Revisions to the Total Coliform Rule
- Safe Water Drinking Act
Groundwater Rule Placards
The Groundwater Rule (GWR) Monitoring Requirements Placards are an Adobe pdf tool to help systems understand monitoring and communication requirements under the GWR. The tool targets system types (i.e. CWS, NCWS, wholesale, consecutive systems) and the specific information on which GWR requirements must be met. Using the placards, it is the goal of EPA that operators of specific system types be able to understand which GWR requirements must be met in the event that a total coliform-positive or fecal coliform-positive sample is identified.
- GWR Consecutive with Own Source -- Triggered Monitoring PDF This placard is for consecutive systems that have their own source and are conducting Triggered Source Water Monitoring.
- GWR System Providing 4-log — Compliance Monitoring PDF This placard is for systems that provide 4-log treatment of viruses with chemical disinfection.
In January 2011, the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act was signed into law, which will reduce the allowable lead content of wetted surfaces in drinking water pipes, pipe fittings, and plumbing fixtures.
This act prohibits the sale of valves, fittings and fixtures with a weighted lead content of more than 0.25% for any use with potable water.
The suppliers inventory of brass becomes obsolete on January 4, 2014. This means you will no longer be able to buy valves, fittings, or fixtures that contains lead which exceeds the 0.25% weighted average limit for wetted surfaces.
DEQ Rule Updates
Operator Certification Online Renewal System
The online renewal system is only be available to operators who are current and in good financial standing with DEQ. If you have late fees associated with your certification, it will not be available online at this time.
To access, visit www.ok.gov/deq/license/app/index.php and click the red "First Time User" button. Follow the instructions on the site to create your new account. If you encounter difficulties with account creation, contact the OK.gov help desk at (405) 524-3468 or (800) 955-3468.
After you've created an account or have an existing one, log in and click on “Manage Personal Information.” Verify that your personal information is correct and make any updates or corrections as needed. If your name is misspelled or has changed, please contact Operator Certification at (405) 702-8100. After verifying your information, save as necessary.
Next, click on “Manage Employment History” and select "Add New." Choose your employer from the drop-down menu. If your employer is not listed in the drop down menu, contact Operator Certification at (405) 702-8100. Add a start date to your employment record and any previous employers. Save your information and return to main menu.
To renew your license, check the ones you want to renew and click "Renew Selected." If there is a problem with your license information, click “Report an Issue.” Then complete the confirmation page, check "Attest" at bottom at click "Submit."
If you are paying with a credit card, you'll need the billing address, credit card number, cardholder’s name, CVV number and expiration date of the card. If you're paying with a checking or savings account, you will need the account holder’s name, billing address, routing number and bank account number. Enter the billing information of the party paying for the certification, click "Continue" and confirm payment. Print your receipt.
If your license shows “Available” status at the time of payment, it will move to “Approved” status after your payment is accepted. Your license will now be available to print. Just select the license to be printed, open or save the PDF and print. To cut out the license, fold along the center line. Operator Certification recommends laminating your card for durability.
If your license is "Expired" or "Pending," it will move to "On Hold" status and you will be able to print once DEQ has updated your license status to reflect receipt of any missing information.
Applying For An Exam
About The Application
Payment must be included with application. Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. This is an application fee that is accrued when you apply, not when you take the test. This application fee is only good for up to 120 days. After 120 days you forfeit it for non-use.
Minimum To Fill Out
- Line 1
Including Exam#, Location and Date
- Line 2
Including Last Name, First Name, MI, Mailing Address, City, State, Zip, Social Security, Birthdate and Home Phone
- Line 6
You must check what class you are taking
- Line 7
You must list your experience in Water and or Wastewater system operation or maintenance. You must list at least the required amount of experience for the level of exam you wish to take.
- Line 8: Most often left blank
List the class you are going to take, location of class, class dates, training hours and if you know the class number. Listing this class is required and helps you meet the required number of hours to take the class if Line 7 does not list enough hours on its own.
- Line 9
Sign and Date the application!
Top 5 Mistakes Made on Applications
- Using an out of date application form.
The most recent form can always be found at www.deq.state.ok.us/. Click here to open a complete set of updated forms application and requirements needed to apply for a certification.
- Not completing the application fully.
All personal information fields, training fields and experience fields are required on every application. Be sure you’ve signed and dated your application!
- Not listing sufficient training or the class you will be taking.
You must list sufficient training courses to meet the number of required hours of training. You must also list the class you will be taking, as well as the number of hours that class entails.
- Using the employer address as the personal mailing address.
Operator Certification does not allow an operator to use their employer’s address as their personal mailing address due to the complications that arise when an operator leaves their employer. Home-owned/operated businesses are an exception as they are “on-site” living arrangements at correctional facilities, state and federal parks, and summer or retreat camps.
- Failing to include citizenship documentation.
A signed, notarized affidavit of citizenship must be included with an initial application. Right-to-work documentation must be included for non-citizens and updated at each expiration of the documentation.