Community water systems are public water systems that have at least 15 service connections or regularly serve at least 25 year-round residents.
The Consumer Confidence Rule requires public water suppliers that serve the same people year round (community water systems) to provide consumer confidence reports (CCR) to their customers. These reports are also known as annual water quality reports or drinking water quality reports. The remaining public water systems in the U.S. are not required to provide CCRs, because they do not serve the same people on a day-to-day basis throughout the year.
The CCR summarizes information regarding sources used (i.e., rivers, lakes, reservoirs, or aquifers) any detected contaminants, compliance and educational information. The reports are due to customers by July 1st of each year.
- Basic Information - Provides explanation of the purpose of the consumer confidence report rule and general information on the content of reports.
- Where You Live - Links to select drinking water systems' CCRs.
- Frequent Questions - Answers to frequently asked questions by consumers and drinking water systems.
- CCR Rule - Provides the published CCR rule and related regulatory development information.
- Compliance Help - Provides guidance documents and materials to assist drinking water systems and primacy agencies with implementation of the CCR rule.
- Tools For Systems - Information tools to help drinking water systems prepare, distribute, and provide customers important information about their drinking water.