(1) The purpose of this subchapter is to implement the provisions of the
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Act pursuant to Title 75, chapter 6, part
2, MCA; and the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, 42 USC 300f to 42 USC 300j-26,
inclusive, as amended to January 1, 1997.
(2) The act establishes a program under which the
state may provide financial assistance to community water systems and nonprofit
noncommunity water systems.
(3) The act delegates
implementation of certain financial provisions to the department and certain
technical provisions to the department of environmental quality.
(4) The act authorizes the
department and the department of environmental quality to adopt rules within
their respective authorities.
(5) The board of
environmental review has adopted rules to assure that the state's regulations
pertaining to public water supplies comply with the Federal Safe Drinking Water
Act. ARM 17.38.101, et seq. and 17.38.201, et seq.
(6) The department of
environmental quality may adopt rules to implement the program.
(7) The act authorizes the
use of the state revolving fund to make loans to community water systems and
nonprofit community water systems and to provide financial and technical
assistance to any public water system as part of a capacity development
(8) The department proposes
rules to implement the making of loans to community water systems and nonprofit
noncommunity water systems from the state revolving fund. The act further
authorizes the state revolving fund to be used to purchase insurance for or to
guarantee obligations issued by municipalities. The department reserves the
right to adopt rules to implement a guarantee and insurance component of the
program if it determines it is necessary or desirable.