Georgia Drinking Water: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Georgia Safe Drinking Water Act of 1977, Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 12-5-170 to 12-5-213

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Safe drinking water rules: Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia (GRR) 391-3-5-.01 to 391-3-5-.55

Public water supply permits: GRR 391-3-5-.04 and GRR 391-3-5-.17

Cross-connections: GRR 391-3-5-.13

Revised Total Coliform Rule: GRR 391-3-5-.55

Water supply springs: GRR 391-3-5-.08

Water storage tanks: GRR 391-3-5-.11

Drinking water well construction: GRR 391-3-5-.07

Operator certification: GRR 750-3 to 750-10

Regulatory Agencies

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Protection Division (EPD)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted primacy to Georgia to administer the provisions of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). See the national section DRINKING WATER for more information about the SDWA.

The Georgia primary drinking water regulations generally follow the complete interim or revised national primary drinking water regulations under the SDWA (CGA 12-5-177), but they also have some additional requirements. For example, the state has specified an additional maximum contaminant level (MCL) for nickel of 0.1 milligrams per liter in addition to the MCLs that parallel the federal requirements.

Georgia also requires that water wells and springs to be used as drinking water sources be approved and comply with state regulations. Operators of public water supply systems must be certified by the state.

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