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DDAGW's Rule-making Process

The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) rules were promulgated under U.S. EPA's Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Rules for Ohio public drinking water systems are adopted under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 6109, and rules for Underground Injection Control, under ORC 6111.043. Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules administered by DDAGW are located on this page. 

Proposing new rules and amendments to existing rules is a regular activity conducted by Ohio EPA in response to laws passed by the General Assembly and federal rule requirements. The Agency is also required by state law to review its rules at least once every five years to ensure their continued need and relevance. During the Ohio rule-making process, rules are in one of four phases: early stakeholder outreach; draft; proposed; and effective. Electronic versions of rules in each of these various phases may be viewed by clicking on the appropriate tabs on this page. 

In addition to adopting rules and laws, DDAGW adopts both policies and guidance documents. The purpose of a policy is to clarify and explain specific aspects of regulations (OAC) and law (ORC) so Ohio EPA and external parties have a common understanding of how environmental regulations are carried out in Ohio. Policies promote consistency and provide savings of both technical and administrative staff resources when dealing with the application of rules. Guidance documents provide information, suggestions and recommendations on possible or acceptable methods that may be used to meet or to achieve compliance with rules.

Electronic versions of policies and guidance may be viewed by clicking on the appropriate tab. Join a rules electronic mailing list to stay informed about current rule-making and opportunities to provide comment during the process.