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Drinking Water Requirements for States and Public Water Systems

Public Notification Templates for Community and Non-transient Non-community Water Systems

Public Notification (PN) templates were created to assist primacy agencies with implementing the PN Rule.

There is space in each template for the water system to add their own information about the nature of a violation, the path to compliance, contact information, and other information.

To help water systems provide timely and complete public notices, EPA is providing the templates below.

The templates are taken from EPA's Revised Public Notification Handbook. The handbook contains extensive information about how to provide effective public notice. Some states may classify violations differently, or have additional PN requirements.  Please check with your state before using any of these templates.

This guide was developed for community water systems and non-transient non-community water systems. It provides instructions and includes templates that can be used for various types of public notices.

Violation type

Tier 1 templates for Community and Non-transient Non-community Water Systems (DOC)(43 pp, 237 K)
This document contains examples of Tier 1 templates for Community and Non-transient Non-community Water Systems


Tier 2 templates for Community and Non-transient Non-community Water Systems (DOC)(38 pp, 471 K)
This document contains examples of Tier 2 templates for Community and Non-transient Non-community Water Systems


Tier 3 templates for Community and Non-transient Non-community Water Systems (DOC) (17 pp, 162 K)
This document contains examples of Tier 3 templates for Community and Non-transient Non-community Water Systems


Appendix A: Transient Non-Community Systems templates for all three Tiers for Transient Non-community Water Systems (DOC)(62 pp, 380 K)
This document contains examples of templates for all three Tiers for Transient Non-community Water Systems