Glossary of Terms - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Drinking Water Revolving Fund
Glossary of Terms

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Acute violation: Exceedance of the nitrate, nitrite or coliform MCL, or levels of any other MCL in amounts large enough to pose an immediate threat to human health. Levels that pose an immediate threat may be as much as 20 to 50 times the MCL.

Administrative penalty order (APO): A commissioner's order that includes a penalty (sometimes forgivable) and a requirement for corrective action.

Adequate water supply: The minimum pressures and flow rates for plumbing fixtures as defined in the Minnesota Plumbing Code (Minnesota Rules, 4715.1770).

Bilateral compliance agreement (BCA): A binding agreement between the commissioner of Health and a water system owner to correct a violation or impending violation. It is often used to resolve MCL violations and defines the timetable and steps that will be taken by the water system to achieve compliance.

Capitalization Grant: The annual EPA grant that funds the majority of the DWRF program. The grant can be allocated to two uses: 1) the loan fund and 2) other fund eligible activities called set-asides.

Consistently provide: At all times. Used with "adequate water supply." As in, ". . . points will be assigned if an existing public water supply is unable to consistently provide (at all times) adequate water for the domestic use. . . ."

Cross Cutters: These are the federal requirements, either through law or executive order, that apply across federal agency boundaries. The Minority/Women's Business Enterprise program (W/MBE) is one example. Another is the requirement to do environmental reviews for construction projects.

Drinking Water Advisory: Issued by the MDH to private well users when wells are contaminated at levels exceeding long-term exposure limits.

Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund (DWRF): Fund to provide low interest loans to eligible projects.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Federal agency that funds 80% of DWRF program costs.

HaloAcetic Acids (HAA5s): Disinfection By Products that includes bromoacetic acid, dibromoacetic acid, chloroacetic acid, dichloroacetic acid, and trichloroacetic acid.

Inorganic chemicals (IOCs):

Antimony

Copper

Selenium

Arsenic

Cyanide

Thallium

Asbestos

Fluoride

 

Barium

Lead

 

Beryllium

Mercury

 

Cadmium

Nitrate

 

Chromium

Nitrite

 

Radionuclides:Radionuclides are included in the Inorganic Chemicals and occur naturally. It includes Gross Alpha emitters, Radium-226 and radium-228, and Uranium.

Intended Use Plan (IUP): The annual PFA plan that establishes how the capitalization grant money will be allocated and what projects can be funded. The plan covers all loan money and all set-aside money. PWSs must apply to place a project on the IUP for the year construction is expected to begin.

Maximum contaminant level (MCL): standards meant to protect against any adverse health effects.

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH): The MDH technically reviews projects to determine program eligibility and appropriateness for resolving a problem.

Nonacute violation: An MCL violation of a contaminant that has a long-term exposure limit.

Notice of Violation (NOV): The formal notice the MDH sends for a violation of an MCL, reporting requirements, or treatment technique requirements.

Project Priority List (PPL): The MDH list of projects that are eligible for funding. Projects are ranked by priority. The PPL is an ongoing list that is open for new applications once per year.

Public Facilities Authority (PFA): The lead agency for the DWRF loan program. They administer the loans (the bankers).

Public Water Supply (PWS): Any system that provides piped water for human consumption that has at least 15 service connections or regularly serves at least 25 individuals.

Synthetic organic compounds (SOCs):

2,3,7,8-TCDD (Dioxin)

Di(2-ethylexyl)adipate

Hexachlorobenzene

2,4,5-TP (Silvex)

Dibromochloropropane (DBCP)

Hexachlorocyclopentadiene (HEX)

2,4-D

Diethylhexyl Phthalate

Lindane

Acrylamide

Dinoseb

Methoxychlor

Alachlor

Diquat

Oxamyl (Vydate)

Aldicarb

Endothall

PAHs (Benzo(a)pyrene

Aldicarb Sulfone

Endrin

PCBs

Aldicarb Sulfoxide

Epichlorohydrin

Pentachlorophenol

Atrazine

Ethylene Dibromide (EDB)

Picloram

Carbofuran

Gylphosate

Simazine

Chlordane

Heptachlor

Toxaphene

Dalapon

Heptachlor Expoxide

 

Secondary maximum contaminant level (MCL): Standards meant to address the aesthetic qualities of drinking water.

Total Trihalomethanes (THMs): Disinfection by-product that includes chloroform, bromoform, bromodichloromethane, and dibromochloromethane.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs):

1,1,1-Trichloroethane

Dichloromethane

1,1,2-Trichloroethane

Ethylbenzene

1,1-Dichloroethylene

ortho-Dichlorobenzene

1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene

para-Dichlorobenzene

1,2-Dichloroethane

Styrene

1,2-Dichloropropane

Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)

Benzene

Toluene

Carbon Tetrachloride

Trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene

Chlorobenzene

Trichloroethylene (TCE)

cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene

Vinyl Chloride

  Xylenes (total)
Updated Monday, December 19, 2016 at 12:58PM