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54-2403.  Definitions. As used in this chapter:
(1)  "Backflow assembly tester" means a person who tests backflow prevention assemblies and who holds a current Idaho backflow assembly tester license.
(2)  "Backflow prevention assembly" means a set of mechanical components, which prevents the undesired backflow of water or other liquids into a potable water system, and can be in-line tested and repaired.
(3)  "Board" means the state board of drinking water and wastewater professionals as provided in section 54-2404, Idaho Code.
(4)  "Certified" means the board has confirmed that an applicant has met all the requirements for licensure under this chapter and has approved the issuance of a license to practice in Idaho under the provisions of this chapter.
(5)  "Collection system" means that portion of the wastewater system in which wastewater is received from the premises of the discharger and conveyed to the point of treatment through a series of lines, pipes, manholes, pumps/liftstations and other appurtenances.
(6)  "Distribution system" means that portion of the water utility in which water is stored and conveyed from the water treatment plant or other supply point to the premises of a consumer.
(7)  "Division" means the division of occupational and professional licenses.
(8)  "Drinking water operator" means any person who operates public drinking water systems, water treatment plants or other systems in order to treat water so that it is safe to drink and who holds a current Idaho water system operator license.
(9)  "Laboratory analyst" means any person responsible for conducting laboratory analysis tasks in the laboratory of a wastewater system.
(10) "License" means a physical document issued by the division certifying that an individual has met the appropriate qualifications and has been granted the authority to practice in Idaho under the provisions of this chapter.
(11) "Operator" or "operating personnel" means any person who is employed, retained, or appointed to conduct the tasks associated with the day to day operation and maintenance of a public drinking water system or a public wastewater system.
(12) "Public drinking water system or public water system" means a system for the provision to the public of water for human consumption through pipes or other constructed conveyances, if such system has at least fifteen (15) service connections or regularly serves an average of at least twenty-five (25) individuals daily at least sixty (60) days of the year. Such term includes any collection, treatment, storage, and distribution facilities under control of the operator of such system, and used primarily in connection with such system, and any collection or pretreatment storage facilities not under such control which are used primarily in connection with such system. Every community and nontransient noncommunity water system, and each transient water system using a surface water source or ground water source directly influenced by surface water, shall be operated by a certified drinking water operator.
(13) "Public wastewater system or wastewater system" means those systems, including collection systems and treatment systems, that are owned by a city, county, state or federal unit of government, a nonprofit corporation, district, association, political subdivision or other public entity, or that generate or collect two thousand five hundred (2,500) or more gallons a day; or that have been constructed in whole or in part with public funds. This does not include any wastewater treatment system operated and maintained exclusively by a single family residence or any wastewater system consisting solely of a gravity flow, nonmechanical septic tank and subsurface treatment and distribution system, or industrial wastewater systems under private ownership.
(14) "Responsible charge" means active, daily, on-site, or on call responsibility, for the performance of operations or active, ongoing, on-site and on call direction of employees and assistants at a public drinking water system or a public wastewater system.
(15) "Responsible charge operator" means an operator of a public drinking water system, designated by the system owner, who holds a valid certificate at a class equal to or greater than the drinking water system classification, who is in responsible charge of the public drinking water system.
(16) "Wastewater operator" means a person who operates public wastewater systems, or public wastewater treatment plants or other systems, in order to remove harmful pollutants from domestic and industrial liquid waste so that it is safe to return to the environment, and who holds a current Idaho wastewater system operator license.

[54-2403, added 2004, ch. 335, sec. 1, p. 997; am. 2022, ch. 94, sec. 34, p. 305.]

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