North Carolina Drinking Water: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Water supplies: 15A North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 18C.0100 to 18C.2100

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Operating permits: 15A NCAC 18C.2101 to 18C.2105

Plans: 15A NCAC 18C.0301 to 18C.0309

Filtration and disinfection: 15A NCAC 18C.2001 to 18C.2008

Operator certification: 15A NCAC 18D.0103 to 18D.0701

Exam applications: 15A NCAC 18D.0301

Certification renewal: 15A NCAC 18D.0308

Fees: 15A NCAC 18D.0304

Regulatory Agencies

North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Division of Water Resources (DWR) Public Water Supply Section

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) State Laboratory of Public Health

North Carolina Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board (NCWTFOCB)

North Carolina Utilities Commission

North Carolina Local Government Commission

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

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. North Carolina has adopted the federal drinking water standards by reference as outlined in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The state also has additional requirements and programs.

The state's drinking water program requires that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved performance evaluation samples be analyzed by laboratories annually for certification. North Carolina has also adopted the federal maximum contaminant level (MCL) for arsenic of 0.010 milligrams per liter (mg/L) and has specified that certified laboratories must report arsenic down to levels at least as low as 0.005 mg/L. See the national section DRINKING WATER for additional information about the SDWA and MCLs, and the state section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING for information on laboratory ...

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