You’ve GOT to be kidding me

I think it’s time to tell you more about the logistics of my job.  One of things I do is to take “final rulemakings” that have been published in the D.C. Register and “codify” them in the D.C. Municipal Regulations.  It really is as exciting as that sounds.

When new rules are promulgated (as opposed to amendments, which are more “fun” to deal with), what this entails is taking the single document that contains any number of sections and creating new documents that each contain only one section, and then uploading them individually into our system with the exact same regulatory history copied and pasted for each.

So I’m working on this rulemaking from October (we’ve got a bit of a backlog) and it created an entire new title.  I’ve been working on it since yesterday and I’m only on page 37 of 91.  And here is why:

Here is section 720:

720          DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND INSTALLATION ─ SERVICE SINKS

720.1            Service sinks and curbed cleaning facilities shall be provided in accordance with section 721 and the Plumbing Code.

Yes. That is all.  Remember how each section needs its own document? And each document gets uploaded separately?  So maybe section 721 at least has some substance?

No. Here is section 721:

721           SERVICE SINKS ─ NUMBERS AND CAPACITIES

721.1            At least one (1) service sink or one (1) curbed cleaning facility equipped with a floor drain shall be provided and conveniently located for the cleaning of mops or similar wet floor cleaning tools and for the disposal of mop water and similar liquid waste.

The entire title is like this.  I ask, why couldn’t these two sections be combined?  Something like:

720.1            Service sinks and curbed cleaning facilities shall be provided in accordance with section 720.2 and the Plumbing Code.

720.2            At least one (1) service sink or one (1) curbed cleaning facility equipped with a floor drain shall be provided and conveniently located for the cleaning of mops or similar wet floor cleaning tools and for the disposal of mop water and similar liquid waste.

Alas.

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