Register November 2013 No. 695
Chapter NR 738
TEMPORARY EMERGENCY WATER SUPPLIES
NR 738.01   Purpose.
NR 738.02   Applicability.
NR 738.03   Definitions.
NR 738.06   Eligible and ineligible services.
NR 738.10   Request for temporary emergency water supply.
NR 738.11   Determination of eligibility.
NR 738.12   Department approval and payment.
NR 738.13   Denial of requests or termination of funding.
NR 738.14   Variances.
NR 738.01 NR 738.01Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to provide criteria for using state moneys from the environmental fund for temporary emergency water supplies, when water supply systems have been adversely affected by environmental pollution from a site or facility subject to s. 292.31, Stats., or by a hazardous substance discharge subject to s. 292.11, Stats. This chapter is adopted pursuant to s. 227.11 (2), Stats., and ch. 292, Stats.
NR 738.01 Note Note: Section 281.75, Stats., as implemented under ch. NR 123, provides for reimbursement from the well compensation fund for eligible costs associated with temporary and permanent water supply replacements. Also note, specific authority for this chapter is in s. 292.31 (3) (b) 7., Stats.
NR 738.01 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1995, No. 478, eff. 11-1-95; corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register September 2007 No. 621; CR 12-023: am. Register October 2013 No. 694, eff. 11-1-13.
NR 738.02 NR 738.02Applicability. This chapter applies to actions taken by the department under ch. 292, Stats., to provide temporary emergency water supplies to an affected party with a “contaminated well" or “contaminated private water supply" impacted by environmental pollution from a site or facility subject to s. 292.31, Stats., or impacted by a discharge of a hazardous substance subject to s. 292.11, Stats. This chapter also applies to certain situations where the department provides potable water in accordance with the provisions set out in s. 281.77, Stats.
NR 738.02 Note Note: Section 281.77, Stats., as implemented under ch. NR 123, provides for reimbursement from the well compensation fund for eligible costs associated with replacement of a private water supply impacted by contamination caused by an approved facility, as defined in s. 289.01 (3), Stats.
NR 738.02 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1995, No. 478, eff. 11-1-95; corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register September 2007 No. 621; CR 12-023: am. Register October 2013 No. 694, eff. 11-1-13.
NR 738.03 NR 738.03Definitions. The following definitions apply to this chapter:
NR 738.03(1) (1) “Advisory" means a written opinion, issued by the department, containing a specific descriptive reference to the well or water supply and recommending that the well or water supply not be used because of potential human health risks.
NR 738.03(2) (2) “Affected party" means a landowner, lessee or other person utilizing a contaminated well or water supply. Affected party does not include:
NR 738.03(2)(a) (a) The state or any facility owned or operated by the state;
NR 738.03(2)(b) (b) A city, village, town, county or special purpose district;
NR 738.03(2)(c) (c) A federal agency, department or instrumentality;
NR 738.03(2)(d) (d) An interstate agency.
NR 738.03(3) (3) “Connection to an existing water supply" means to join to an existing water supply that tests free from coliform bacteria, and is not a contaminated water supply.
NR 738.03(4) (4) “Contaminated well" or “contaminated private water supply" means a well which is located in an area of special eligibility for compensation as declared by the department under s. NR 738.06 (1m) and meets the criteria under s. NR 738.06 (1m) (a) and (b), or which meets all of the following criteria:
NR 738.03(4)(a) (a) The well serves potable water for humans or humans and livestock.
NR 738.03(4)(b) (b) The well is not a “public water supply" as defined in ch. NR 809.
NR 738.03(4)(c) (c) The well has been determined or is suspected by the department to have been adversely affected by a site or facility subject to s. 292.31, Stats., or by a hazardous substance discharge subject to s. 292.11, Stats.
NR 738.03(4)(d) (d) The well produces water that meets one or more of the following criteria:
NR 738.03(4)(d)1. 1. Contains one or more substances of public health concern, other than bacteria or nitrate, in excess of a primary maximum contaminant level contained in ch. NR 809.
NR 738.03(4)(d)2. 2. Contains one or more substances of public health concern, other than nitrates, in excess of an enforcement standard established in ch. NR 140.
NR 738.03(4)(d)3. 3. Is subject to a drinking water advisory from the department for substances other than bacteria or nitrates.
NR 738.03(5) (5) “Environmental fund" has the meaning specified in s. 25.46, Stats.
NR 738.03(5g) (5g) “Livestock" has the meaning specified in s. 95.80 (1) (b), Stats., and includes poultry.
NR 738.03 Note Note: Section 95.80 (1) (b), Stats., defines livestock to mean “cattle, horses, swine, sheep, goats, farm-raised deer and other species of animals susceptible of use in the production of meat and meat products."
NR 738.03(5r) (5r) “Livestock water supply" has the meaning specified in s. 281.75 (1) (e), Stats.
NR 738.03 Note Note: Section 281.75 (1) (e), Stats., defines livestock water supply to mean “a well which is used as a source of potable water only for livestock and which is:
NR 738.03 Note 1. Approved by the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection for grade A milk production under s. 97.24 (Stats.); or
NR 738.03 Note 2. Constructed by boring or drilling."
NR 738.03(6) (6) “Plumbing" means that portion of the water distribution piping extending from the well to the various distribution points of use.
NR 738.03(6m) (6m) “Private water supply" has the meaning specified in s. 292.31 (3) (b) 7., Stats.
NR 738.03 Note Note: Section 292.31 (3) (b) 7., Stats., defines private water supply to mean a “well which is used as a source of water for humans, livestock, as defined in s. 95.80 (1) (b) (Stats.), or poultry."
NR 738.03(7) (7) “Substances of public health concern" means those substances found in Table 1 of ch. NR 140 or any substance for which a health advisory is issued.
NR 738.03(8) (8) “Temporary emergency water supply" means a supply of potable water obtained in bottles, by tank truck or by other similar means, or a temporary connection to an existing water supply, supplied at a capacity sufficient to satisfy water use functions impaired by the contaminated water supply.
NR 738.03(9) (9) “Well" has the meaning specified in s. NR 812.07 (119).
NR 738.03 Note Note: Section NR 812.07 (119), defines well to mean “any drillhole or other excavation or opening deeper than it is wide that extends more than 10 feet below the ground surface constructed for the purpose of obtaining groundwater."
NR 738.03 History History: Cr. Register, October, 1995, No. 478, eff. 11-1-95; r. (4) (a) to (c), Register, February, 1996, No. 482, eff. 3-1-96; CR 12-023: renum. (4) to (4) (intro.) and am., cr. (4) (a) to (d), (5g), (5r), (6m), am. (9) Register October 2013 No. 694, eff. 11-1-13; correction in (9) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register October 2013 No. 694.
NR 738.06 NR 738.06Eligible and ineligible services.
NR 738.06(1) (1) Eligible services. The department may use environmental fund moneys to pay for any of the following eligible services:
NR 738.06(1)(a) (a) Obtaining a temporary emergency water supply for a maximum period of 6 months after the date of issuance of an advisory or until such time as the contaminated water supply has been permanently replaced by an uncontaminated supply or is determined by the department to have returned to an uncontaminated condition, whichever occurs first. The department may grant a variance to authorize the extension of the temporary emergency water supply pursuant to s. NR 738.14.
NR 738.06(1)(b) (b) Equipment used for treating the contaminated private water supply on a temporary emergency basis only if a skin contact or inhalation advisory has been issued by the department of health services.
NR 738.06(1)(c) (c) Bulk water supplied only if a skin contact or inhalation advisory has been issued by the department of health services.
NR 738.06(1)(d) (d) Other costs as deemed necessary by the department.
NR 738.06(1m) (1m)Special eligibility for compensation. The department may approve a temporary emergency water supply funded by moneys from the environmental fund if the affected party is in a location that has been declared by the department to be an area of special eligibility for compensation for well contamination, based on contamination reported after December 31, 2005, if the following criteria are satisfied:
NR 738.06(1m)(a) (a) Results of tests performed under s. NR 738.11 (3) establish that wells in the area are contaminated by fecal bacteria, and
NR 738.06(1m)(b) (b) Evidence demonstrates that the bacterial contamination is caused by livestock.
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