Enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act
The South Dakota Drinking Water Program is responsible for administering an efficient and effective regulatory program that implements federal and state drinking water regulations. In addition, the program is also charged with carrying out enforcement actions of public water systems that are in violation of South Dakota's Drinking Water Regulations.
In January of 2010, the Drinking Water Program began implementing a new approach for identifying compliance with drinking water regulations by individual public water systems. This approach assigns points to individual violations of the federal drinking water standards, monitoring, and reporting requirements based on the potential impact on public health. Each violation and assigned point are included into the water system's compliance score until it is either returned to complaince or under a formal enforcement order to address the issue. It also allows the state to prioritize our compliance and enforcement efforts towards public water systems with the most serious health based violations or a repeated history of violations across multiple rules.
If you would like to learn more about our new approach and how a system's compliance score is calculated please download the following document.
If you would like to look up an individual water system's compliance score, please refer to Your Water System Information by clicking here or on the sidebar. Once there you can locate an individual water system and select the violation report link. This will provide a list of all violations a public water system has incurred over the past five years, the status of the violations, along with the system compliance score located in the upper right corner.
If you have additional questions regarding the new enforcement policy or your system's compliance score and how you can reduce your current score please contact Tammie Hill in the Drinking Water Program at (605) 773-3577.