Design Review and Permitting Program
Design Review and Permitting Program

The PWSSP developed the Public Water Systems Design
Review and Permitting Program. As required by USEPA,
the PWSSP has drafted new construction permits,
minimum design regulations and operating permit
regulations. These proposed regulations can be found at
our regulations page.

All proposed new public water systems and proposed
extensions/modifications to existing public water systems
will need to obtain a construction permit from the PWSSP
before starting construction. The systems will have to
submit a construction permit application along with
project construction plans and reports, specifications at
least 45 days ahead of the expected date of construction.
The fees associated with the construction permit must be paid with the application. After construction is completed, the project engineer must
request the PWSSP for an approval of the construction and provide as-built plans, test results and other pertinent data. Once the approval to construct
is obtained, the owner/operator will need to apply for an operating permit. The operating permit must be renewed every three years.  Also, all existing
water systems will have to obtain an operating permit.
Construction Permits

NNPDWR §1660 Construction Permit regulations requires that all new proposed
projects for drinking water facilities to be permitted by the PWSSP includes, but not
limited to, extensions to existing systems, new wells, renovations to the well, water
storage tank or distribution, and other projects affecting drinking water.

NNSDWA §501 authorizes the Executive Director of the NNEPA to develop regulations
regarding to design/review.  "No new or substantially modified public water system
shall be authorized to begin construction or operation within the jurisdiction of the
Navajo Nation until such time as the Director has reviewed the proposed design of
such facility to ensure that it is capable of compliance with the application minimum
construction guidelines for public water systems."
Operation Permits

Operating permits for each public water system will be required.  These permits will be renewed every three years. These permits are based on
numbers of connections to the public water system.

1. Community Water System
A. Groundwater systems,, number of connections
Fewer than 25
   B.  Groundwater under the direct influence of surface water (GWUDI) or springs 1.5 times the fee for a similar size groundwater system.

   C.  Surface Water - two times the fee for a similar size groundwater system.

2.        Nontransient, Noncommunity water systems — Same as a community water system

3.        Transient, Noncommunity water system — $50

4.        Consecutive — $50

These regulations are supported by §501 of the Navajo Nation Safe Drinking Water Act.

CLICK HERE to download the Application for Operating Permit
CLICK HERE to download the Fee Schedule for Operating Permit Form (Effective April 2004)