Drinking Water Program
In The News:
LEAD SAMPLING IN CHILDCARE FACILITIES AND REGISTERED FAMILY DAY CARE HOMES
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) currently implements the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead and Copper Rule which regulates water systems for lead. However, the Lead and Copper Rule’s primary focus is individual residences; it does not require testing in schools or daycares. Therefore, DENR and Department of Social Services (DSS) have partnered together to offer voluntary drinking water testing for lead in licensed childcare facilities and registered family day care homes at no cost to the child-care provider! Should the result indicate a problem, the licensed childcare facilities or registered provider will receive technical assistance on how to fix the problem and reimbursement for costs incurred. Please refer to our Testing For Lead In Child Care Centers webpage.
MANGANESE IN DRINKING WATER
EPA has recently completed the first round of the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR4) which included Manganese. Manganese is a common, naturally occurring mineral found in rocks, soil, groundwater, and surface water. Some systems in South Dakota have levels above the EPA Health Advisory. For more information on Manganese in your drinking water, please refer to our Manganese webpage.
Click on this link to view a document on Frequently Asked Questions About Manganese in Pierre's Drinking Water. More information concerning Pierre's Drinking Water Advisory can be found on the City of Pierre's web page.
The state of South Dakota began primary enforcement of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in 1983. The South Dakota Drinking Water Program, part of DENR, develops and enforces the South Dakota Drinking Water Regulations that apply to public water systems in the state. Approximately 645 public water systems (PWS) currently exist in South Dakota.
The mission of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Drinking Water Program is to protect public health and the environment by providing natural resources assessment, financial assistance, and regulation in a manner that promotes a successful business climate and exceeds the expectations of our customers.
|For general information about the drinking water program and what we do download a copy of our pamphlet "Everything You Wanted To Know About Drinking Water Regulations"|