What is the Safe Drinking Water Act (“SDWA”)?

In 1974, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act (“SDWA”) to protect public health by regulating the nation’s public drinking water supply.   The SDWA authorizes the EPA to set national health-based standards to prevent both naturally occurring and man-made contaminants from compromising the nation’s drinking water.   Then, the EPA, the states, and municipal water system agencies work together to ensure that these standards are met.  

You can learn more about the Safe Drinking Water Act at the EPA’s website at:


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