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Chapter 173-219 WAC

On January 23, 2018 the Department of Ecology adopted a new rule, Chapter 173-219 WAC, Reclaimed Water. This rule addresses all aspects of reclaimed water; including permitting for the generation, distribution, and use of reclaimed water across Washington state. It applies to all existing and proposed facilities that are — or will be — designed, constructed, operated, and maintained in the state of Washington to generate, distribute, and/or use reclaimed water.

Existing reclaimed water facilities must comply with this chapter on the effective date of Feb. 23, 2018 or make an in-writing request for an extension as provided for in WAC 173-219-040.

Download the adopted rule language.

Rulemaking Timeline

Timeline

Announcement Phase (CR-101)

Filing date:
Jun. 4, 2014


Announcement documents
Ecology started this rulemaking in 2006. The rulemaking was delayed in 2010 under Governor's Executive Order # 10-06 and # 11-03. We restarted the rulemaking in 2014. This page presents rulemaking information from 2014 through the anticipated adoption in 2018. Information about the rule development between 2006 and 2010 are stored in the rulemaking file.

May 2017
Walk through the changes made to the working draft rule language in response to the first round comments and concerns. Discuss sections needing particular focus during the second round review, as needed. Preliminary draft review and comment period May 3 – May 30, 2017
March 2017
Walk through working draft rule language to discuss each section as needed.
February 2017
Reconvene RAC, introduce new rule writer, review updated draft performance based standards and use specific requirements.
June 2014
December 2010 - Rulemaking delayed
  • See the withdrawal notice above for more details.
November 2006 - rulemaking begins

Rule Development Phase

June 4, 2014 - Aug. 23, 2017



Public input & involvement

November 2015

March 2015

November 2014

Rule Proposal Phase (CR-102)

Filing date:
Aug. 23, 2017


Rule proposal documents:
2017
2015

Comment period

The comment period is now closed. We are reviewing comments and preparing the adoption packet.

Public hearings were held on:

  • Sept. 27, 2017 — Webinar only
  • Oct. 3, 2017 in Spokane, WA
  • Oct. 5, 2017 in Lacey, WA

Rule Adoption Phase (CR-103)

Adoption date:
Jan. 23, 2018


Rule effective date:
Feb. 23, 2018


Rule adoption documents:
Rule implementation information:

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