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Water: Safe Drinking Water Act

Filter Backwash Recycling Rule

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In May 2001, EPA released a rule governing the process of recycling waste water generated by the backwashing of drinking water filters. The Filter Backwash Recycling Rule (FBRR) is required by the Safe Drinking Water Act as one method of reducing the risks posed to consumers by microbial contaminants that may be present in public drinking water supplies.

Implementation Materials

Implementation Guidance

Final Filter Backwash Recycling Rule

More information about Microbial disinfectants and disinfection byproducts rules


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