(1) If a proposed subdivision includes a public or multiple-user water supply system, the applicant shall submit to the reviewing authority an operation and maintenance plan for the system. The plan must ensure that the system will be adequately operated and maintained.
(2) Public systems must be owned by an individual or entity that meets the requirements of 75-6-126, MCA. The owner must be responsible for operation and maintenance and must have authority to charge appropriate fees.
(3) For multiple-user systems, the reviewing authority may require the applicant to create a homeowners' association, county water district, or other administrative entity that will be responsible for operation and maintenance and that will have authority to charge appropriate fees.
(4) Easements must be obtained if the reviewing authority determines they are needed to allow adequate operation and maintenance of the system or to comply with 76-4-104(6)(i), MCA. Easements must be filed with the county clerk and recorder at the time the certificate of subdivision approval issued under this chapter is filed. Easements must be in one of the following forms:
(a) the easement must be in writing signed by the grantor of the easement; or
(b) if the same person owns both parcels, the easement must be shown on the plat or certificate of survey for the proposed subdivision.
(5) If an application includes a shared or multiple-user water supply system that serves more than one lot, the applicant shall submit to the reviewing authority a draft user agreement that identifies the rights and responsibilities of each user. User agreements must be in a form acceptable to the department.