Safe Drinking Water Act

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was first signed into law on December 16, 1974. the purpose of the law is to assure that the nation's water supply systems serving the public meet minimum national standards for the protection of public health. The Act has been reauthorized and expanded via amendment multiple times since its inception.

The SDWA covers all public water systems with piped water for human consumption with at least 15 service connections, or a system that regularly serves at least 25 individuals.

The SDWA directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish national drinking water standards. These standards limit the amount of certain contaminants present in public water. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water. All drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.

In 1996 amendments to the SDWA established requirements that water utilities issue an annual "Consumer Confidence" report to customers in addition to any other notices that may be required by law. This led to the water quality reporting services that Chubbuck and Pocatello provide to their customers each year, which is available on this web site.