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Penalty Settlement Number: J.25 Compliance Manual TAB 5

By John Aden


The Division of Drinking Water views the issuance of civil penalties authorized by RCW 70.119A.040, as an enforcement tool to be used against purveyors showing unwillingness to comply with applicable drinking water regulations. The issuance of penalties is a serious step and not one taken lightly by the Department. As such, once issued, the Department has a responsibility to carry through with enforcement and collection of these penalties. To avoid further penalties, purveyors are encouraged to work with the Department to resolve compliance issues, but it shall be the policy of the Drinking Water Program, that once a penalty is issued it will only be considered for mitigation under limited circumstances (Refer to Guideline titled “Civil Penalty Settlement”). PURPOSE STATEMENT/BACKGROUND: In 1986 the legislature authorized the Department to levy civil penalties to any person violating a law or rule regulating public water systems administered by the Department of Health. The legislature felt that conformance with laws and regulations to preserve and protect the purity of drinking water in our public water systems was of utmost importance. Direction for the issuance of civil penalties can be found in the Division’s Complianc

Year: 1996
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