EPA Releases Information Guides to Help Compliance with the Ground Water Rule

Public water systems need to begin actions to comply with the rule in December 2009

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing new information guides to assist states and public water systems understand requirements of the Ground Water Rule (GWR). The GWR, which was finalized in November 2006, will provide for increased protection against microbial pathogens in public water systems that use ground water as a source of drinking water. Public water systems need to begin actions to comply with the GWR in December 2009.

A Quick Reference Guide provides a simple and straightforward description of the rule, critical deadlines, requirements for drinking water systems and states and information on monitoring requirements. A series of fact sheets provide more detail about specific topics covered by the rule, including monitoring, sanitary surveys and public notification.

Electronic versions of the documents are available on the EPA website at www.epa.gov/safewater/disinfection/gwr/compliancehelp.html.


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