There are 10 required elements in a public notice. Notices must contain:
- A description of the violation that occurred, including the contaminant(s) of concern, and the contaminant level(s);
- When the violation or situation occurred;
- The potential health effects (including standard required language);
- The population at risk, including subpopulations vulnerable if exposed to the contaminant in their drinking water;
- Whether alternate water supplies need to be used;
- What the water system is doing to correct the problem;
- Actions consumers can take;
- When the system expects a resolution to the problem;
- How to contact the water system for more information; and
- Language encouraging broader distribution of the notice.
Here is an example of what a Public Notice looks like:You may need a PDF reader to view files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.
- Public Notification Figure (PDF)(1 pg, 7 K)