Providing Safe Drinking Water in America



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United States Environmental Protection Agency


This report on Public Water system (PWS) compliance is mandated by the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Amendments and provides information on the compliance status of PWS, including PWSs located on Indian reservations, for calendar year 1996. In 1993, the Administration proposed sweeping revisions to the SDWA to supply many of the ingredients that are vital to providing safe drinking water, but were lacking in the law at that time. In August 1996, Congress adopted and President Clinton signed into law amendments to the SDWA that provide these new ingredients. Accordingly, this report also discusses the variety of activities that the Agency has undertaken in the last two years since the passage of the 1996 Amendments to capitalize on the new opportunities and authorities provided by those Amendments including: promoting public information and involvement; providing tools to States, Tribes and water systems to improve compliance; helping small systems provide safe drinking water; focusing safety standards on the most serious health risks; and exercising new enforcement authorities and undertaking compliance assistance activities. This national report is an annual requirement for EPA. Subsequent reports will reflect new actions that EPA and its partners have taken to improve compliance and data quality since 1996.


100 pages; available for download at the link below.


public drinking water, potable water, drinking water standards, environmental protection