Drinking Water Standards

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is designed to achieve uniform safety and quality of drinking water in the United States. To achieve this goal, the SDWA identifies contaminants and establishes maximum acceptable levels for those contaminants. The major provisions of the act with respect to establishing drinking water quality standards are (1) the establishment of primary regulations to protect public health and (2) the establishment of secondary regulations that are related to the taste, odor, and appearance of drinking water.

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