Water: Public Water Systems
Definition of a Public Water System
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is publishing guidance to the primacy agencies and EPA's regional offices for their implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act's (SDWA) 1996 Amendments to the definition of a public water system (PWS) in Section 1401(4). This guidance was developed with information from States, water suppliers, and citizens groups.
- Defintion of a Public Water System(PWS)in SDWA Section 1401(4) as Amended by the 1996 SDWA Amendments, August 5, 1998 Federal Register notice.
*Correction: The guidance for the definition of a Public Water System published in the Federal Register on August 5, 1998 (FR Doc. 98-20904) contained an incorrect citation of the SDWA in one of the footnotes.
**In the Federal Register issue of August 5, 1998, in FR Doc. 98-20904, on page 41941, in the first column, in footnote 3, correct the last sentence to read: See SDWA Section 1401(5).
- Response to comments of the Definition of a PWS in SDWA Section 1401(4)as Amended by the 1996 SDWA Amendments.
- Federal Register Notice of the Definition of a PWS in SDWA Section 1401 (4) as Amended by the 1996 SDWA Amendments; Notice, received May 8, 1998 on draft guidance.
- Guidance on Public Water System Definition
New Definition: A public water system (PWS) is a system for the provision to the public of water for human consumption through pipes or other constructed conveyances, if such system has at least fifteen service connections or regularly serves at least twenty-five individuals.
|Constructed Conveyances||Expands the means of delivering water to include not only systems which provide water for human consumption through pipes, but also systems which provide water for human consumption through "other constructed conveyances."|
|Regulation||"Constructed conveyance" suppliers newly subject to the PWS Date definition will be regulated as of August 6, 1998.|
|Exclusions||Provides three means by which "constructed conveyance" water systems may be excluded from this definition and two means by which certain piped irrigation districts may be excluded from this definition.|
|Determining Constructed Conveyances||
|Water Suppliers' Liability||
|Constructed Conveyance Exclusions||
|Piped Irrigation Exclusion||
Copies of the final guidance may also be obtained by calling the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791. For further information, contact Jon Merkle, Drinking Water Office - (WTR-6), EPA Region 9, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California, 94105.
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