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Drinking Water
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Drinking water in the United States is regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which is designed to protect drinking water quality and covers both surface and groundwaters that have the potential to be used as drinking water sources. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to establish and update specific standards for drinking water quality and is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The EPA has established specific federal limits, referred to as primary standards, for over 80 compounds that have a known or suspected potential to create health-related impacts. The EPA has also established secondary standards for nuisance-related contaminants; these standards are typically implemented voluntarily or through state rules.
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Final Regulations 40 CFR 141 - Announcement of Final Regulatory Determinations for Contaminants on the Third Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List 01/04/2016National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 141 - Expedited Approval of Alternative Test Procedures for the Analysis of Contaminants Under the Safe Drinking Water Act 06/21/2013National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 141 - Expedited Approval of Alternative Test Procedures for the Analysis of Contaminants Under the Safe Drinking Water Act 06/27/2014National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 141 - Expedited Approval of Alternative Test Procedures for the Analysis of Contaminants Under the Safe Drinking Water Act; Analysis and Sampling Procedures 06/19/2014National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 141 - Expedited Approval of Alternative Test Procedures for the Analysis of Contaminants Under the Safe Drinking Water Act; Analysis and Sampling Procedures 07/19/2016National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 141 - Expedited Approval of Alternative Test Procedures for the Analysis of Contaminants Under the Safe Drinking Water Act; Analysis and Sampling Procedures 07/27/2017National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 141 - Expedited Approval of Alternative Test Procedures for the Analysis of Contaminants Under the SDWA 05/31/2013National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR 141 - National Primary Drinking Water Regulations; Announcement of the Results of EPA's Review of Existing Drinking Water Standards 01/11/2017National
Notices 40 CFR 141 - Notice of Public Meeting and Webinar: Revisions to the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 4) for Public Water Systems 05/29/2014National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR 141 - Revisions to the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 4) for Public Water Systems and Announcement of a Public Meeting 12/11/2015National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 141 - Revisions to the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 4) for Public Water Systems and Announcement of Public Meeting 12/20/2016National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 141 and 142 - Final Regulation to Make Minor Corrections to the Total Coliform Rule 02/26/2014National
Notices 40 CFR 141 and 142 - Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule: Public Meeting on Monitoring Data Analysis, Occurrence Forecasts, Binning, and the Microbial Toolbox 09/18/2012National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 141 and 142 - National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Revisions to the Total Coliform Rule 02/13/2013National
Notices 40 CFR 141 and 142 - Notice of a Public Meeting: Stakeholder Meeting Concerning EPA's Intent To Regulate Perchlorate Levels in Drinking Water 08/30/2012National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR 141 and 142 - Proposed Regulation to Make Minor Corrections to the Total Coliform Rule 02/26/2014National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR 141 and 142 -- Public Meeting: Potential Regulatory Implications of the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2011 07/30/2012National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR 141 and 143 - Use of Lead Free Pipes, Fittings, Fixtures, Solder and Flux for Drinking Water 01/16/2017National
Notices 40 CFR 141 and 143 - Use of Lead Free Pipes, Fittings, Fixtures, Solder and Flux for Drinking Water; Extension of Comment Period 04/11/2017National
Guidance Documents Aircraft Drinking Water Rule: A Quick Reference Guide  National
Notices Announcement of Public Meeting on the Consumer Confidence Report Rule Retrospective Review and Request for Public Comment 09/11/2012National
Guidance Documents Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources - EPA Draft Report  National
Notices Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Colorado 07/14/2014National
Guidance Documents Commissioning Security Systems for Drinking Water Utilities  National
Guidance Documents Cross-Connection Control Manual  National
Guidance Documents Cross-Connection Control: A Best Practices Guide  National
Notices Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, Alaska 04/10/2017National
Notices Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, Arizona 06/07/2016National
Notices Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 04/25/2016National
Notices Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, Hawaii 06/27/2017National
Notices Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, Montana 08/14/2013National
Notices Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, Nevada 06/27/2017National
Notices Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, New Mexico 06/27/2017National
Notices Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, South Carolina 04/10/2017National
Notices Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Alabama 04/26/2016National
Notices Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Connecticut 05/03/2016National
Notices Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Georgia 07/06/2017National
Notices Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Idaho 06/30/2017National
Notices Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Kansas 04/26/2016National
Notices Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Louisiana 04/26/2016National