Plans and Specifications
Plans and Specifications reviews are part of the department’s regulatory efforts to protect the state’s surface and ground water resources and public health. The areas of responsibility include design criteria development, technical assistance and plan approvals for the Drinking Water, Groundwater Quality, Minerals and Mining, Surface Water and Waste Management Programs within the Division of Environmental Services. 

Picture of Watertown's Aeration Basin

To submit your plans and specifications for review, send them to:


Department of Environment and Natural Resources

PMB 2020

Joe Foss Building

523 East Capitol

Pierre, South Dakota 57501-3182


Note:  All new public water systems constructed after October 1, 1999, must obtain a Certificate of Approval from this department before beginning operation.  For more information, visit our New Water System website.

Systems and Facilities in which Review and Approvals are Conducted

  • Wastewater treatment and collection systems
  • Drinking water treatment and distribution systems
  • Animal waste management systems
  • Landfills, recycling facilities and landfill closures
  • Hazardous waste facilities
  • Large-scale mining facilities
  • Municipal swimming pools
  • Individual and small on-site wastewater systems
  • Underground and Aboveground Storage Tank Facilities
  • Addendums and change orders
  • Granting of variances (case-by-case basis)
  • Bottled water facilities
  • Dams (Safety of Dams)


Design Criteria