The purpose of a sanitary survey is to review a public water system (PWS) source, facilities, equipment, operation and maintenance to evaluate the adequacy of these elements for producing and distributing safe drinking water. These elements provide multiple barriers for the protection of public water supplies.
Below are resources for conducting a sanitary survey.You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.
- Sanitary Survey Field Reference: For Use When Conducting a Sanitary Survey of a Small Water System (PDF)(179 pp, 6 MB, August 2019, EPA 816-R-17-002)
- How to Conduct a Sanitary Survey of Drinking Water Systems (PDF)(304 pp, 6 MB, August 2019, EPA 816-R-17-001)