Senate Bill No. 120
An Act concerning water; relating to water infrastructure projects; authorizing the secretary of health and environment to adopt rules and regulations for an annual certification program for the replacement of distributions systems segments; increasing the amortization period on loans from the Kansas water pollution control revolving fund; amending K.S.A. 65-163 and 65-3326 and repealing the existing sections.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. K.S.A. 65-163 is hereby amended to read as follows: 65-163. (a) (1) No person shall operate a public water supply system within the state without a public water supply system permit from the secretary. An application for a public water supply system permit shall be submitted for review and approval prior to construction and shall include:
(A) A copy of the plans and specifications for the construction of the public water supply system or the extension thereof;
(B) a description of the source from which the water supply is to be derived;
(C) the proposed manner of storage, purification or treatment for the supply; and
(D) such other data and information as required by the secretary of health and environment. No source of water supply in substitution for or in addition to the source described in the application or in any subsequent application for which a public water supply system permit is issued shall be used by a public water supply system, nor shall any change be made in the manner of storage, purification or treatment of the water supply without an additional public water supply system permit obtained in a manner similar to that prescribed by this section from the secretary.
(2) Whenever application is made to the secretary for a public water supply system permit under the provisions of this section, it shall be the duty of the secretary to examine the application without delay and, as soon as possible thereafter, to grant or deny the public water supply system permit subject to any conditions
which that may be imposed by the secretary to protect the public health and welfare.
(3) The secretary may adopt rules and regulations establishing a program of annual certification by public water supply systems that have staff qualified to approve the extension of distribution systems or the replacement of segments of distribution systems without the necessity of securing an additional permit for the extension or replacement provided the plans for the extension or replacement are prepared by a professional engineer as defined by K.S.A. 74-7003, and amendments thereto.
(b) (1) Whenever a complaint is made to the secretary by any city of the state, by a local health officer, or by a county or joint board of health concerning the sanitary quality of any water supplied to the public within the county in which the city, local health officer or county or joint board of health is located, the secretary shall investigate the public water supply system about which the complaint is made. Whenever the secretary has reason to believe that a public water supply system within the state is being operated in violation of an applicable state law or an applicable rule and regulation of the secretary, the secretary may investigate the public water supply system.
(2) Whenever an investigation of any public water supply system is undertaken by the secretary, it shall be the duty of the supplier of water under investigation to furnish to the secretary information to determine the sanitary quality of the water supplied to the public and to determine compliance with applicable state laws and rules and regulations. The secretary may issue an order requiring changes in the source or sources of the public water supply system or in the manner of storage, purification or treatment utilized by the public water supply system before delivery to consumers, or distribution facilities, collectively or individually, as may in the secretary's judgment be necessary to safeguard the sanitary quality of the water and bring about compliance with applicable state law and rules and regulations. The supplier of water shall comply with the order of the secretary.
(c) (1) As used in this subsection
(c), "municipal water treatment residues" means any solid, semisolid or liquid residue generated during the treatment of water in a public water supply system treatment works.
(2) A public water supply system may place or store municipal water treatment residues resulting from sedimentation, coagulation or softening treatment processes in basins on land under the ownership and control of the public water supply system operator provided that such storage or placement is approved and permitted by the secretary under this section as part of the public water supply system.
(3) The secretary shall adopt uniform and comprehensive rules and regulations for the location, design and operation of such basins. Such rules and regulations shall require permit applications by the public water suppliers for such basins to include a copy of the plans and specifications for the location and construction of each basin, the means of conveyance of the treatment residues to such basins, the content of treatment residues, the proposed method of basin operation and closure, the method of any anticipated expansion and any other data and information required by the secretary.
(4) Whenever complaint is made to the secretary by the mayor of any city of the state, by a local health officer or by a county or joint board of health, or whenever an investigation is undertaken at the initiative of the secretary, relating to any alleged violation of the provisions of the permit for placement or storage of municipal water treatment residues in such basins, the public water supply system operator shall furnish all information the secretary requires. If the secretary finds that there is any violation of the terms of the permit, that the means of placement and storage exceed the terms of the permit or that any other condition exists by reason of the means of placement and storage that may be detrimental to the health of any inhabitants of the state or to the environment, the secretary shall have the authority to issue an order amending the permit or otherwise requiring the operator to perform remedial measures to curtail or prevent such detrimental conditions.
(d) Orders of the secretary under this section, and hearings thereon, shall be subject to the provisions of the Kansas administrative procedure act. Any action of the secretary pursuant to this section is subject to review in accordance with the Kansas judicial review act. The court on review shall hear the case without delay.
(e) The secretary shall establish by rule and regulation a system of fees for the inspection and regulation of public water supplies. No such fee shall exceed $.002 per 1,000 gallons of water sold at retail by a public water supply system. All such fees shall be paid quarterly in the manner provided for fees imposed on retail sales by public water supply systems pursuant to K.S.A. 82a-954, and amendments thereto. The secretary shall remit all moneys collected for such fees to the state treasurer in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 75-4215, and amendments thereto. Upon receipt of each such remittance, the state treasurer shall deposit the entire amount in the state treasury to the credit of the public water supply fee fund created by K.S.A. 65-163c, and amendments thereto.
(f) There is hereby created an advisory committee to make recommendations regarding:
(1) Fees to be adopted by the secretary under subsection (e);
(2) means of strengthening on-site technical assistance to public water supply systems;
(3) standards for on-site and classroom water treatment operator certification programs;
(4) other matters concerning public water supplies; and
(5) to advise the secretary regarding expenditure of moneys in the public water supply fee fund created by K.S.A. 65-163c, and amendments thereto. Such advisory committee shall consist of one member appointed by the secretary to represent the department of health and environment, one member appointed by the director of the Kansas water office to represent such office and two members appointed by the secretary as follows: One from three nominations submitted by the Kansas section of the American waterworks association, and one from three nominations submitted by the Kansas rural water association. Members of the advisory committee shall serve without compensation or reimbursement of expenses. The advisory committee shall meet at least four times each year on call of the secretary or a majority of the members of the committee.
Sec. 2. K.S.A. 65-3326 is hereby amended to read as follows: 65-3326. (a) Municipalities
which that desire the provision of a loan under K.S.A. 65-3321 through 65-3329, and amendments thereto, shall submit an application therefor to the secretary. Applications shall be in such form and shall include such information as the secretary shall require and shall be submitted in a manner and at a time to be determined by the secretary.
(b) The secretary may enter into agreements with any municipality for the provision of a loan thereto for payment of all or a part of project costs and any municipality may enter into such an agreement and may accept such loan when so authorized by its governing body. The purposes of the loan to be provided, the amount thereof, the interest rate thereon, and the repayment terms and conditions thereof, all of which may vary among municipalities, shall be included in the agreements. Loans shall be provided at or below market interest rates and may be provided interest free. All such agreements shall require that municipalities establish a dedicated source of revenue for repayment of the loans as provided in K.S.A. 65-3327, and amendments thereto. Such agreements shall further provide that repayment of any loan received shall begin not later than one year after completion of the project
and that. For agreements entered into on or before June 30, 2023, such loan shall be repaid in full no not later than 20 years thereafter. On and after July 1, 2023, agreements for loans shall provide that such loans shall be repaid in full not later than 30 years thereafter.
(c) In the event any municipality to which a loan is made available under K.S.A. 65-3321 through 65-3329, and amendments thereto, fails to enter into an agreement with the secretary for the provision of such loan in accordance with the requirements of such statutes, the secretary is authorized to make the amount of the loan available for one or more other projects on the project priority list.
(d) The secretary shall provide any municipality, upon
its request, with technical advice and assistance regarding a project or an application for a loan for the payment of all or a part of project costs.
Sec. 3. K.S.A. 65-163 and 65-3326 are hereby repealed.
Sec. 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the statute book.
Approved April 10, 2023.