Water: Total Coliform Rule
Total Coliform Rule (TCR)
The Total Coliform Rule (TCR), which was published in 1989, set both health goals (Maximum Contaminant Level Goals) and legal limits (Maximum Contaminant Levels) for the presence of total coliforms in drinking water. The rule also details the type and frequency of testing that water systems must undertake. The rule applies to all public water systems.
EPA revised the 1989 TCR on February 13, 2013 intended to improve public health protection and the implementation of the rule by States and public water systems. Public water systems (PWSs) and primacy agencies must comply with the requirements of the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) by April 1, 2016. Until then, PWSs and primacy agencies must continue complying with the 1989 TCR.
- Basic Information
Provides basic information about the 1989 TCR.
- Total Coliform Rule
Contains detailed information on the 1989 TCR.
- Total Coliform Rule Revisions
Read the revisions to the 1989 TCR.
- Compliance Help
Find more information on complying with the 1989 TCR.
- Total Coliform Rule Distribution System Advisory Committee (TCRDSAC)
Learn the purpose of this Federal Advisory Committee.
- Drinking Water Distribution System Basic Information
Consider these important materials when addressing water quality concerns.