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Drinking Water Plant Operations Awards Programs

The DEP Awards Program recognizes water facilities that demonstrate excellence in operation, maintenance, and compliance; innovative treatment; waste reduction and pollution prevention; recycling; and other special achievements.

Mission Statement

The Potable Water (Drinking Water) Section is responsible for regulating approximately 1,200 public water systems under the Safe Drinking Water Act through inspections, permitting and enforcement activities to ensure the safety, health and welfare of the public.  The Central District is responsible for public water systems in 7 counties (Brevard, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole).  Volusia County water systems are regulated by the Volusia County Health Department under a delegation agreement with the Department.


Through inspections of these drinking water facilities, staff members evaluate chemical and bacteriological water quality, proper operation and maintenance protocol and determine if facilities have sufficient capacity for their demand.  In those instances when facilities are not in compliance with applicable regulations, staff members initiate appropriate civil and/or criminal action to correct any problems.   Permitting ensures that newly constructed public water systems are appropriately designed and in full compliance with all rules under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

How do I know if I am a public water system?  


Updating Public Water System Information

At least thirty (30) days notice is to be given the Department prior to the proposed sale, or transfer of ownership, of a public water system. 62-555.365, Florida Administrative Code.

You can use form for updating Public Water System information [Word 88kb]   (Free Word viewer is available from Microsoft.com)

Safe Drinking Water Act

US EPA LogoThe Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is the principal federal law in the United States that ensures safe drinking water for the public.  Pursuant to the act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to set standards for drinking water quality and oversee all states, localities, and water suppliers who implement these standards. 

SDWA applies to every public water system in the United States.  There are currently more than 160,000 public water systems providing water to almost all Americans at some time in their lives.

SDWA does not apply to bottled water. Bottled water is regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. 

State Watch Office  1-800-320-0519

The State Watch Office (SWO) should be contacted immediately after discovery of any actual or suspected sabotage or security breach, or any suspicious incident, involving a public water system.

Storm Tracker

When storms or other natural disasters are predicted to have an impact on the state of Florida, the “Storm Tracker” website is activated for the affected areas.  This website allows individual water system owners to update and inform Department staff of your system’s status before, during, and after an event. Public water systems should update their regulatory office as often as needed with system information (facility address, population, contact/ownership information, etc.) to keep the information current when Storm Tracker is activated during a storm.

Storm Tracker Log-In

Storm Tracker Information and Guidance for 2011 [.doc 182kb]  [.pdf  192kb]


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Drinking Water Contacts:   Compliance Assurance and Permitting Contacts

Central District

Drinking Water Section

3319 Maguire Blvd., Suite 232

Orlando, Florida 32803-3767


All Purpose Fax: 850-412-0467

Dedicated MOR Fax: 850-412-0740

Incident Reporting and Chemical/Bacteriological Reporting Fax: 850-412-0482


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Last updated: May 18, 2016

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