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Water: Public Notification Rule

Compliance Help

For Water System Owners and Operators

This page provides resources for drinking water system owners and operators to assist them in complying with requirements of the Public Notification (PN) rule. Primacy agencies (the entities that regulated drinking water systems) can also find information to assist in PN compliance.

new PNiWriter no longer available after December 15, 2014

The PNiWriter website will be taken offline on December 15, 2014. 

What should I do if I am currently building a public notice?
Complete and save your public notice to your personal computer before December 15th.

For help completing a public notice:

  • Access the Public Notification Handbook and Public Notice templates (available in Microsoft Word) below; or
  • Contact your state for guidance and templates.
We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. 
For PNiWriter questions or concerns, email support@pniwriter.com.
EPA developed the PNiWriter to allow water operators or other designated personnel to enter data to generate a public notice that meets federal requirements. The program takes users through the ten required elements of a public notice and allows users to insert and edit EPA's recommended text. PNiWriter is a web-based application that requires internet access.

Revised Public Notification Handbook
This guide was developed for community water systems and non-transient non-community water systems. It provides instructions and includes templates that can be used for various types of public notices.
Public Notification Handbook for Transient Non-Community Water Systems
This guide was developed for transient non-community water systems. It provides instructions and includes templates that can be used for various types of public notices. Microsoft Word files of Public Notice Templates
These templates can be used and customized by drinking water systems to ensure they meet PN content requirements. Translated Phrases for Public Notice

The Washington State Department of Health has developed over 2 dozen translations for informational statements to use on public notifications.

Public Notifications: Quick Reference links
Public Notifications: Fact Sheet

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Communication Tips

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For Primacy Agencies

State Implementation Guidance
This guidance document and its appendices contain information that will aid States in implementing the rule and applying for interim primacy. Primacy Revision Crosswalk

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Training Materials
Revised implementation rule guidance to state and EPA staff.

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