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Water Quality

Water and the EPA

Water Quality To help assure safe drinking water, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was passed by Congress in 1974. Its purpose is to protect public health by regulating the drinking water supply and sources of drinking water The SDWA is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the states. A water provider that for at least 60 days each year;

  • serves piped water to at least 25 persons
  • has 15 service connections

is defined by the EPA as a public water system (PWS).

There are 160,000+ public or private PWS' in the U.S. A Community Water Systems (CWS) is a PWS that serves people year-round in their homes. 268 million people in the U.S. are provided water by a CWS.

The key elements of the SDWA are:

  • establishes health standard for contaminants in drinking water
  • requires public notification of water systems violations
  • requires annual reports (Consumer Confidence Reports) (CCR) to customers on contaminants in their drinking water
  • provisions to protect underground water sources for drinking water
  • requires disinfection of surface water supplies except those with pristine, protected sources
  • provides a loan fund to states for water system upgrades
  • requires assessment of the vulnerability of drinking water sources to contamination
Water suppliers must promptly inform the public if their water has become contaminated by something that can cause illness. The timeliness of the reporting is a function of the severity of the potential illness. Water suppliers have 24 hours to inform their customers of violations of EPA standards “that have the potential to have serious adverse effects on human health as a result of short-term exposure.” Systems will inform customers about violations of less immediate concern in the first water bill sent after the violation, in a (CCR) or by mail within a year. Water Quality Report


Water suppliers are required to provide annual (due by July 1) Consumer Confidence Reports to their customers. These reports contain information on contaminants found in the drinking water, possible health effects, and the water's source. While many water suppliers comply with these reporting requirements, many do not or are late in their submittal to the EPA and their consumers. We have complied a list of reports by State/Water System in our Water Source Table. To see your state's water suppliers select a state .


Moving and Storage Divider

Moving and StorageMoving and Storage Services

Make sure you have the information you need to protect your memories, money, and belongings from moving problems.

The best defense against moving difficulties is to be informed and aware of your options when choosing a reputable mover. While most household moves go smoothly, there are many pitfalls that you should be aware of. It can also be stressful, even under the best of circumstances. Use the checklist here to help guide you through the moving venture.

A key step is to read and understand all information provided by the mover. These should include the following basic documents as part of your move:

The estimate should clearly describe, in writing, all charges for services the mover will perform. Make sure the estimate is signed by the mover.
Do not accept oral estimates.
Bill of Lading
The bill of lading is a contract between you and the mover and a receipt of your belongings. You should be given a partially completed copy of the bill of lading before the mover leaves the residence at origin.
Order for Service
The order for service is a list of all the services the mover will perform and shows the dates your household goods will be picked up and delivered
The inventory is the receipt showing each item you shipped and its condition. Be sure you receive a written copy of the inventory after your household goods are loaded, and that you agree with its description of your household goods' condition