25 Jun '12, 5pm

Did you know that 35 years ago today, national safe drinking water standards went into effect across the country?

You are here: EPA Home About EPA History Topics sdwa EPA Safe Drinking Water Standards Go into Effect Today EPA Safe Drinking Water Standards Go into Effect Today [EPA press release - June 25, 1977] National safe drinking water standards go into effect today across the country. Environmental Protection Agency regulations require that the Nation's 40,000 community drinking water systems and 200,000 other public water systems test their water on a routine basis to make sure it's safe to drink. A novel aspect of the law requires utilities to notify consumers if the health standards or sampling requirements are not being met. "Today marks an important milestone in our effort to insure the safety of the Nation's drinking water supplies," said EPA Deputy Administrator Barbara Blum. "Beginning today, water systems not already doing so will have to initiate programs to sample thei...

Full article: http://www.epa.gov/history/topics/sdwa/03.html

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