With the enactment of the Safe Drinking Water Act, Congress required that public drinking water systems notify their customers when drinking water standards are violated. The purpose of public notification is to inform consumers of any potential adverse health effects and to describe what steps consumers can take to minimize the impact. It should also educate the consumer about the needs of the public water system to assure the delivery of safe drinking water.
Do the public notification rules apply to my water system?
If your system is a public water system, the Safe Drinking Water Act requires your system to notify the people they serve if certain violations of the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations occur.
Public Notification rule is now in effect for all contaminants that require monitoring. As new contaminants are regulated, health effects language for public notification is added.
Types of violations requiring Public Notification
There are six violations or events that require Public Notification:
Notice to the public by public water systems must be made by direct home delivery within 24 hours, 30 days, or one year after being notified by the Department of the failure or violation. The severity of the situation dictates the timeframe of the public notice.
Actions your water system should take:
The notice provides a clear and readily understandable explanation of the:
To print a copy of the current Public Notification Handbook click on one of the following: