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Design Review

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.

Related Information

CLICK HERE to view the Public Water System Inventory Sheet

CLICK HERE to view the Public Water Systems & Bottled Water System Permit

CLICK HERE to view the Navajo Nation Environmental Policy Act

CLICK HERE to view the Navajo Nation Clean Water Act

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." 


CLICK HERE to view the Application for Approval to Construct Drinking Water Facilities form 

CLICK HERE to view the Fee Schedule for Construction Permit Form (Effective April 2004)...New as of 11-17-08 

CLICK HERE to view the Permit Extension Request Form 

CLICK HERE to view the Construction Completion Report Form 

Operating 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. CLICK HERE to download Operating Permit Form.

1. Community Water System 

A. Groundwater systems, number of connections: 

Fewer than 25 $100 

25- 99 $150 

100-199 $250 

200-499 $350 

500-999 $500

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 view the Application for Operating Permit 

CLICK HERE to view the Fee Schedule for an Operating Permit for public water systems (Effective April 2004)

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