Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance MonitoringEPA works with its federal and state regulatory partners to assure compliance with drinking water laws and regulations in order to protect human health and the environment. The major federal law governing pesticides is the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
EPA implements two different approaches to SDWA compliance monitoring.
- Public Water Supply Supervision (PWSS) - EPA implements and enforces drinking water standards to protect public health. Three resources provide tools to states, tribes and the regulated community to help them comply with safe drinking water requirements.
- Drinking Water Academy - A long-term training initiative whose primary goal is to expand EPA, state and tribal capabilities to implement the 1996 Amendments to SDWA.
- Sanitary Survey Training - EPA provides training to upgrade and maintain the ability of inspectors to conduct comprehensive, technically sound sanitary surveys of small water systems.
- Laboratories and Monitoring - EPA provides analytical methods that laboratories use to analyze drinking water samples and certifies the laboratories.
- Underground Injection Control (UIC) - EPA works with state and local governments to oversee underground injection of waste in order to prevent contamination of drinking water resources. EPA has prepared more information on the UIC program.