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          74:05:11:01.  Definitions. Terms not defined in this section have the meaning given by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Terms used in this chapter mean:

 

          (1)  "Act," "Safe Drinking Water Act," the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, 42 U.S.C. § 300f to 42 U.S.C. § 300j-26, inclusive, including the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996, as amended to July 1, 2013, Public Law 111-88, enacted October 30, 2009, Public Law 112-10, enacted April 15, 2011, Public Law 112-74, enacted December 23, 2011, Public Law 113-6, enacted March 26, 2013, and Public Law 113-76, enacted January 17, 2014, collectively known as the Safe Drinking Water Act;

 

          (2)  "Affordability criteria," the expected annual residential water rate, based on 5,000 gallons usage per month for municipalities and sanitary districts and 7,000 gallons usage per month for all other systems, divided by the median household income;

 

          (3)  "Applicant," the sponsoring entity applying for interim financing or for funding to construct drinking water works;

 

          (4)  "Assistance," financial assistance awarded by the Board of Water and Natural Resources for drinking water works pursuant to SDCL 46A-1-60.1 to 46A-1-60.3, inclusive;

 

          (5)  "Board," the Board of Water and Natural Resources acting as that board or as the South Dakota Conservancy District;

 

          (6)  "Capacity assessment," a set of worksheets to be completed and submitted as part of the SRF application that assesses the applicant's technical, managerial, and financial capacity to operate a water system;

 

          (7)  "Capitalization grant," a grant supplied by EPA to the state to be matched by the state at a 5-to-1 federal-to-state ratio and to be used for purposes outlined in the Act;

 

          (8)  "Community water system," a water system that has at least 15 service connections for year-round residents or that serves at least 25 year-round residents;

 

          (9)  "Construction," any of the following procedures for drinking water works projects: preliminary planning to determine project feasibility; engineering, architectural, legal, fiscal, environmental, or economic studies, surveys, designs, plans, working drawings, specifications, or procedures; rehabilitation or development of new water sources; other necessary actions for the erection, building, acquisition, alterations, remodeling, improvement, or extension of drinking water works; the purchase of equipment; the acquisition of land integral to a project; and the inspection or supervision of any of these procedures;

 

          (10)  "Department," the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources;

 

          (11)  "Disadvantaged community," the service area of a community water system that meets the following criteria:

 

               (a)  For municipalities and sanitary districts:

 

                       (i)  The median household income is below the state-wide median household income; and

                      (ii)  The monthly residential water bill is $30 or more for 5,000 gallons usage; or

 

               (b)  For all other applicants:

 

                       (i)  The median household income is below the state-wide median household income; and

                      (ii)  The monthly water bill for rural households is $55 or more for 7,000 gallons usage;

 

          (12)  "Drinking water works," a community water system to provide piped water for human consumption, including water treatment facilities, distribution systems, storage facilities, wells and surface sources, and related appurtenances;

 

          (13)  "DWSRF," the drinking water state revolving fund, a dedicated financing mechanism to provide financial assistance to drinking water works;

 

          (14)  "EPA," the United States Environmental Protection Agency;

 

          (15)  "Facilities plan," an engineering evaluation that describes the need for the proposed supply, treatment, storage, or distribution project based on present conditions and future needs; evaluates the costs and adequacies of appropriate alternatives; identifies potential environmental impacts of the proposed project; and provides the selection and justification of a final alternative;

 

          (16)  "Intended use plan," a document prepared annually which describes how the board intends to use available funds for the year to meet the objectives of the Act and includes the amount of funding that will be allocated to the set-asides and a list of potential projects showing the rating for each project;

 

          (17)  "Interim financing," a loan for a term not to exceed five years which is to be repaid from the proceeds of a federal grant or loan to be made by an agency or instrumentality of the United States government for a project;

 

          (18)  "Loan," the lending of funds by the board to an eligible applicant pursuant to a financing agreement through the purchase or acquisition of any evidence of indebtedness or other obligation which is issued by the applicant and which is payable from taxes, non-ad valorem sales taxes, or from rates, revenues, charges, or assessments, or from distributions of revenue pursuant to a state appropriation or statutory or constitutional provision, or payable from pledge of property or other sources;

 

          (19)  "Loan servicing agent," an entity hired by the board to disburse payments, prepare amortization schedules, receive loan repayments, invest funds, and ensure the security of the loans remains intact;

 

          (20)  "Median household income," the median household income as identified in the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, S1903 Median Income in the Past 12 Months (in 2012 Inflation-Adjusted Dollars) 2008-2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates or by other statistically valid income data supplied by the applicant and acceptable to the board;

 

          (21)  "Minimum established rates," rates charged to residential users of a water system that meet the following criteria:

 

               (a)  For municipalities and sanitary districts the monthly residential water bill is $30 or more for 5,000 gallons usage; or

 

               (b)  For all other assistance recipients the monthly residential water bill is $55 or more for 7,000 gallons usage;

 

          (22)  "Primary drinking water standards," the water quality standards and other provisions in chapter 74:04:12 to which community water systems are subject;

 

          (23)  "Principal forgiveness," a reduction in the outstanding principal balance of a loan to be applied at the time specified in the financial agreement;

 

          (24)  "Project," the actual erection, building, acquisition, alteration, remodeling, improvement, or extension of drinking water works, including the necessary planning, design, acquisition of land integral to the project, and purchase or installation of equipment;

 

          (25)  "Recipient," an applicant receiving funds to construct a drinking water works project;

 

          (26)  "Secretary," the secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; and

 

          (27)  "Trustee," the entity to whom the board assigns its bonds to be administered under the DWSRF program for the mutual benefit and protection of the state and the bond holders.

 

          Source: 23 SDR 195, effective May 25, 1997; 25 SDR 93, effective January 9, 1999; 28 SDR 95, effective December 19, 2001; 29 SDR 58, effective November 6, 2002; 30 SDR 100, effective December 23, 2003; 30 SDR 170, effective May 10, 2004; 33 SDR 106, effective December 26, 2006; 36 SDR 208, effective June 28, 2010; 40 SDR 14, effective July 29, 2013; 41 SDR 173, effective May 11, 2015.

          General Authority: SDCL 46A-1-60.1 to 46A-1-60.3.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 46A-1-60.1 to 46A-1-60.3.

 

          Reference: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, S1903 Median Income in the Past 12 Months (in 2012 Inflation-Adjusted Dollars) 2008-2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. This information is available at no cost over the internet at http://denr.sd.gov/documents/MedianHouseholdIncome.pdf.

 

 


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