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Water: Public Notification Rule

Public Notice Templates

To help water suppliers provide timely and complete public notices to their customers in the event of a violation, we are providing the templates below in Microsoft Word.

The templates are taken from EPA's Revised Public Notification Handbook, which contains extensive information about how to provide effective public notice. Some states may categorize violations differently, or may have additional requirements for the wording of the notice, so please check with the state before using any of these templates.

Public Notification Template
Violation type File type
Tier 1
  • Nitrate MCL Exceedance Notice
  • Spanish Nitrate MCL Exceedance Notice
  • Nitrate Failure to Take a Confirmation Sample Notice
  • Noncommunity PWSs Allowed Up to 20 mg/L Nitrate Notice
  • TCR Fecal Coliform or E. coli Notice
  • Spanish TCR Fecal Coliform or E. Coli Notice
  • Waterborne Disease Outbreak Notice
  • Problem Corrected Notice
  • IESWTR or LT1ESWTR CFE Maximum Turbidity Exceedance, or Turbidity Single Exceedance as Tier 1 Notice
  • Stage 1 DBPR Chlorine Dioxide MRDL (Tier 1) Notice
  • GWR Fecal Indicator-Positive Source Sample Notice

Microsoft Word (24K)

Tier 2
  • Unresolved Total Coliform Notice
  • Resolved Total Coliform Notice
  • Chemical or Radiological MCLs Notice
  • Fluoride MCL Notice
  • SWTR Failure to Filter Notice
  • SWTRs Turbidity Exceedance Notice
  • SWTR Disinfection Treatment Notice
  • LCR Failure to Install Corrosion Control Notice
  • LT2ESWTR Uncovered Finished Water Reservoir Treatment Notice
  • LT2ESWTR Failure to Conduct Required Cryptosporidium Monitoring for Any Three Months Notice
  • LT2ESWTR Filtered System Failure to Determine and Report Bin Classification Notice
  • LT2ESWTR Unfiltered System Failure to Calculate and Report Mean Cryptosporidium Level Notice
  • LT2ESWTR Filtered System Failure to Provide or Install an Additional Level of Treatment Notice
  • LT2ESWTR Unfiltered System Failure to Achieve Required Inactivation Level Notice
  • LT2ESWTR Filtered System Failure to Achieve Required Treatment Credit Notice
  • LT2ESWTR Unfiltered System Failure to Maintain Required Inactivation Level Notice
  • LT2ESWTR Unfiltered System Failure to Install Second Disinfectant Notice
  • Stage 1 DBPR TTHM or HAA5 MCL Violation Notice
  • Stage 2 DBPR TTHM or HAA5 MCL Violation Notice
  • Filter Backwash Recycling Rule Treatment Technique Violation Notice
  • GWR Failure to Take Corrective Action Within Required Time Frame Notice

Microsoft Word (459K)

Tier 3
  • Monitoring Violations Annual Notice
  • Monitoring Violations Annual Notice
  • Monitoring Violations Annual Notice
  • Failure to Comply with a Testing Procedure Notice
  • Operating Under an Exemption Notice
  • Special Notice for Availability of Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Data
  • Fluoride SMCL Notice
  • Failure to Develop a Profile and/or Calculate a Benchmarking Notice

Microsoft Word (158K)

For Non-Community Systems
  • Nitrate MCL ExceedanceNotice
  • Spanish Nitrate MCL Exceedance Notice
  • Nitrate Failure to Take a Confirmation Sample Notice
  • Noncommunity PWSs Allowed Up to 20 mg/L Nitrate Notice
  • TCR Fecal Coliform or E. coli Notice
  • Spanish TCR Fecal Coliform or E. coli Notice
  • Unresolved Total Coliform Notice
  • Monitoring Violation Notice
  • Problem Corrected Notice
  • Waterborne Disease Outbreak Notice
  • IESWTR or LT1ESWTR CFE Maximum Turbidity Exceedance, or Turbidity Single Exceedance as Tier 1 Notice
  • Stage 1 DBPR Chlorine Dioxide MRDL (Tier 1) Notice
  • SWTR Failure to Filter Notice
  • SWTRs Turbidity Exceedance Notice
  • SWTR Disinfection Treatment Notice
  • LT2ESWTR Uncovered Finished Water Reservoir Treatment Technique Violation Notice
  • LT2ESWTR Failure to Conduct Required Cryptosporidium Monitoring for Any Three Months Notice
  • LT2ESWTR Filtered System Failure to Determine and Report Bin Classification Notice
  • LT2ESWTR Unfiltered System Failure to Calculate and Report Mean Cryptosporidium Level Notice
  • LT2ESWTR Failure to Provide or Install Notice an Additional Level of Treatment Notice
  • Filter Backwash Recycling Rule Treatment Technique Violation Notice
  • GWR Fecal Indicator-Positive Source Sample Notice
  • GWR Failure to Take Corrective Action within Required Time Frame Notice
  • GWR Failure to Maintain 4-log Treatment of Viruses Notice
  • Failure to Develop a Profile or Calculate a Benchmark Notice

Microsoft Word (371K)

Translated Phrases
in Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Korean:
  • This report contains important information:
  • Don't drinking the water
  • Boil your water before using
  • Don't use this water for infant formula

Microsoft Word (104K)

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