Virginia Drinking Water: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Public water supplies: Virginia Code Annotated (VCA) 32.1-167 to 32.1-176

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Water suppliers: 12 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 5-590-10 to 5-590-1280 and Appendices B to O

Operation permit: 12 VAC 5-590-190

Construction permit: 12 VAC 5-590-200

Cross connections: 12 VAC 5-590-590

Backflow prevention devices: 12 VAC 5-590-630

Types of protection: 12 VAC 5-590-620

Operator licensing: 18 VAC 160-20-10 to 160-20-150

Private well construction: VCA 32.1-176.5

Regulatory Agencies

Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Drinking Water (ODW)

Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and On-site Sewage System Professionals (Board)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Virginia has received primacy from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). See the national section DRINKING WATER for more information about the federal requirements under the SDWA.

The state's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program provides funding for various technical assistance activities and construction projects. The DWSRF Program receives both federal and state funding.

The state generally follows the federal requirements under the SDWA for maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for drinking water. For more information about MCLs, see the national section DRINKING WATER.

Administration and enforcement. VDH's ODW is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state and federal ...

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