The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is a federal law first enacted in 1974 to protect the quality of drinking water in the U.S. The Act authorizes EPA to establish minimum standards to protect tap water and requires all owners or operators of public water systems to comply with these primary (health-related) standards. The 1996 amendments to SDWA require that EPA consider a detailed risk and cost assessment, and best available peer-reviewed science, when developing these standards.
Significant SDWA Rules
State governments, such as Virginia, are approved to implement these rules and drinking water standards for EPA through the Waterworks Regulations. Virginia has established secondary standards (nuisance-related) for drinking water in the Waterworks Regulations also.
Complete the Waterworks Permit Application form to get started on securing a Construction Permit. Contact the ODW Field Office in your region for further assistance with any of these permits.