Governing Law and Regulations
North Dakota Department of Health (DOH)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules. Laboratories that analyze water samples from state public water systems to determine drinking water regulation compliance must be certified by DOH.
DOH may impose monitoring requirements in permits through the North Dakota Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. For additional information about the federal requirements, see the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING.
· Administration and enforcement. North Dakota's DOH administers the state's laboratory certification program. North Dakota is authorized to administer the NPDES permitting program in the state.
All samples collected for drinking water analysis must be examined by a DOH-certified laboratory. However, tests for turbidity and free chlorine may be performed by any person considered qualified by DOH.
Chemistry In-State Laboratories
A formal request for certification is required for all laboratories in North Dakota that analyze public water systems. A formal request is required for a first-time certification, certification for additional or newly regulated contaminants, and reapplication after corrections of deficiencies that resulted in revocation. The request ...