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Pennsylvania Drinking Water: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act (PSDWA): 35 Pennsylvania Statutes 721.1 to 721.17

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State safe drinking water regulations: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 109.1 to 109.1108

Permits: 25 Pa. Code 109.501 to 109.507

Emergency permits: 25 Pa. Code 109.506

Innovative technology permits: 25 Pa. Code 109.507

Public notification: 25 Pa. Code 109.408

Operator certification: 25 Pa. Code 109.704

Bottled water: 25 Pa. Code 109.1001 to 109.1009

Operational requirements: 25 Pa. Code 109.1009

Regulatory Agencies

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Water Management

Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PIIA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The state regulates drinking water under the PSDWA and generally follows the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) rules. Pennsylvania has additional requirements for permitting and training of water operators.

Administration and enforcement. DEP's Office of Water Management administers and enforces most of the drinking water rules in Pennsylvania. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program is administered jointly by DEP and PIIA.

State Requirements

PERMITS

25 Pa. Code 109.501

Owners or operators of all new public water systems (PWSs) must obtain a construction permit from DEP. Owners and operators of operating PWSs must obtain an operation permit in order to carry out operations at a PWS facility.

It is also required that all facilities apply for and obtain an amended construction permit before making any substantial modifications to a permitted PWS. In addition, substantially ...


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