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Regulatory Development and Compliance Program

The Regulatory Development & Compliance Program offers technical support for public water systems (PWSs), manages all data pertaining to PWSs and reports all non-compliant PWSs to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  There are three principal sections that exist in the RD&C unit:

Regulatory Development - Gives guidance, overall direction and support to the Data Management and Compliance & Enforcement Sections.  This section also develops and modifies regulations as required.

Data Management - enters all data into a specialized database called SDWIS (Safe Drinking Water Information System).  Each PWS monitors/samples their water for various chemicals and contaminants that has the potential to be a public health risk.  Some chemical/contaminants that systems test for are chlorine, turbidity, total Coliform, arsenic, nitrate, nitrite, just to name a few.

Compliance & Enforcement - determines whether a PWS is in compliance with all state rules and federal regulations pertaining to the Safe Drinking Water Act.  Such determination is based on results of the chemical/contaminant monitoring required for each PWS.  If a system is out of compliance, a violation is then issued requiring the PWS to do public notification activities to inform the public that here was a problem, what happened, and what they are doing to fix it. 

National Drinking water standards can be found on the EPA's Ground Water and Drinking Water homepage.


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