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Safe Drinking Water Act Self-Assessment Tools

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) protects public drinking water systems from harmful contaminants and underground sources of drinking water from improper underground injection. It does this by directing EPA to set maximum contaminant levels for public water supply systems, establishing underground injection control and sole-source aquifer/wellhead protection programs, and prohibiting the use of lead pipes, solder, or flux in the installation and repair of any public water systems or any plumbing in a residential or nonresidential facility providing water for human consumption. Regulations addressing SDWA are found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 40 CFR Parts 141-149.  Below are available checklists and audit protocols to help organizations determine their compliance with SDWA. 

Protocol for Conducting Environmental Compliance Audits of Public Water Systems under the Safe Drinking Water Act  This protocol was developed by EPA in 2000 to assist entities responsible for operating and maintaining public drinking water systems and providing drinking water to communities and the public in conducting thorough and comprehensive environmental audits under the Safe Drinking Water Act. It provides guidance on key requirements, defines regulatory terms, and includes detailed checklists.


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