Governing Law and Regulations
Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Water Division Public Water Supply Section
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules. Alabama generally follows the federal rules for public water supplies under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). However, the state has additional requirements, including more stringent maximum contaminant levels (MCLs).
The state has developed the Alabama Wellhead Protection Program (AWPP). This program assists public water systems in protecting areas surrounding public water supply wells from contaminants that may have adverse effects on human health or the potability of the water supply.
· Administration and enforcement. ADEM's Water Division has received primacy from EPA and is responsible for administering the state regulations under the SDWA.