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West Virginia Drinking Water: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Public water systems: West Virginia Regulations (WV Reg.) 64-3-1 to 64-3-15

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Construction permits: WV Reg. 64-3-4

Cross connections: WV Reg. 64-15-4

Backflow prevention: WV Reg. 64-15-5

Operator certification: WV Reg. 64-4-1 to 64-4-11

Laboratory certification: WV Reg. 64-3-13

Water well drillers: WV Reg. 64-19-6

Regulatory Agencies

Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Bureau of Public Health Office of Environmental Health Services Environmental Engineering Division

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. West Virginia has been granted primacy from EPA to administer the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

The state has adopted, by reference, the federal regulations for the national primary drinking water standards for maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) under 40 CFR 141 and the secondary drinking water regulations under 40 CFR 143 (WV Reg. 64-3-10). For more information about the SDWA and MCLs, see the national section DRINKING WATER. The state has also adopted the federal standards for the certification of laboratories performing analyses of drinking water.

West Virginia has established state-specific regulations for public water system operators, well drillers, and cross connection control and backflow prevention.

Administration and enforcement. DHHR's Environmental Engineering Division in the Bureau of Public Health is responsible for administering and enforcing the state's drinking water regulations.

State Requirements

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