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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
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?
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
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
water quality and oversee all
states, localities, and water suppliers who implement these
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
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 Warning Point (SWP) should be contacted immediately after
discovery of any actual or suspected sabotage or security breach, or any
suspicious incident, involving a public water system.
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
Drinking Water Section
3319 Maguire Blvd.,
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