Summary of Drinking Water Regulations
Concern about the quality of the nation's drinking water supplies prompted the U.S. Congress to pass PL 93-523, the "Safe Drinking Water Act", in 1974. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was directed to establish national standards. The Safe Drinking Water Act has had a significant effect on improvements in both water quality and water supply management. Increasing concerns with toxins in the drinking water led Congress to amend the original Act in 1986, and again in 1996, making it stricter and more inclusive. The Florida Legislature enacted a similar "Safe Drinking Water Act" which is contained in Sections 403.850 - 403.864, Florida Statutes. This statute directs the Department of Environmental Protection to formulate and enforce rules pertaining to Drinking Water. These rules adopt the national primary and secondary drinking water standards of the Federal Government and create additional rules to fulfill state requirements. They are contained in Chapters 62-550, 62-555, and 62-560, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).
Download Chapter 62-550, F.A.C., in Adobe PDF (156K).
CHAPTER 62-555, F.A.C., Permitting and Construction of Public Water Systems, are state rules which apply to water systems. The chapter covers the following:
Download Chapter 62-555, F.A.C., in Adobe PDF.
CHAPTER 62-560, F.A.C., Requirements for Public Water Systems that are out of Compliance, adopts EPA rules on the actions a water system must take when it is not in compliance with the established standards. This chapter covers the following:
Download Chapter 62-560, F.A.C., in Adobe PDF.
Download Standard Health Effects Language for Public Notification. The publication is in Adobe PDF.
CHAPTER 62-550.800, F.A.C., Control of Lead and Copper. This rule covers the following requirements:
Download 40 CFR 141, Subpart I, October 10, 2007 Edition (290K), in Adobe PDF. This is the official version of the Lead and Copper Rule Short-Term Revisions that was adopted by Florida on October 1, 2010 with a few clarifications as shown in Chapter 62-550.800 F.A.C.
Download a copy of EPA’s Short Term Revisions and Clarifications, Final Rule from the Federal Register.
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