The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division (Authority) permanently adopted Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 333-061-0089 and permanently amended OAR 333-061-0076 related to the collection of fees to partially defray the cost of the Authority’s regulation of public water systems.
This rulemaking concluded in December 2019 and the new and amended rules are effective as of January 1, 2020.
The new fee structure will increase Authority revenue approximately $1,850,000 every biennium to more fully support the Authority’s regulatory responsibilities and account for other expenses, including five additional positions and increased support for local public health agency partners, as approved by the 2019 Legislature (SB 27; Oregon Laws 2019, chapter 509). The revised fee structure also provides water suppliers with a more predictable fee schedule.
Fees related to sanitary survey inspections, which are conducted once every three to five years, are repealed in their entirety and replaced by an annual regulatory fee. The new fee structure is designed to keep fees simple and relatively low for the smallest public water systems. Fees for community water systems serving 501 to 3,000 service connections are increased by approximately 20% while fees for community water systems supplying water through more than 3,000 service connections are increased substantially.
333-061-0089: Annual Water System Fee and Fee Table