An answer to a question in a Safe Drinking Water Hotline report or the Frequent Question database is intended to be purely informational and is based on SDWA provisions, EPA regulations, guidance, and established policy effective at the time of publication. The answer given reflects EPA staff’s best judgment at the time and does not represent a final or official EPA interpretation. The answer given does not substitute for the applicable provisions of statutes, and regulations, guidance, etc., nor is it a regulation itself. Thus, it does not impose legally-binding requirements on EPA, States, or the regulated community. An answer to a question in a SDW Hotline report or the Frequent Question database may be revised at any time to reflect EPA’s revisions to existing regulations, changes in EPA’s approach to interpreting its regulations or statutory authority, or for other reasons. EPA may provide a different answer to a question in a Hotline report or the Frequent Question database in the future.
Also, an answer provided in a SDW Hotline report or the Frequent Question database may not apply to a particular situation based upon the circumstances. Any decisions regarding a particular case will be made based on the applicable statutes and regulations. Therefore, interested parties are free to raise questions and objections about the appropriateness of the application of an answer given in the SDW Hotline or the Frequent Question database to a particular situation, and EPA will consider whether or not the recommendations or interpretations in the answer are accurate and appropriate in that situation. The information in a SDW Hotline report or Frequent Question database is not intended, nor can it be relied upon, to create any rights.