Georgia Drinking Water regulations & environmental compliance analysis
Georgia Drinking Water: What you need to know
Governing Law and Regulations
Georgia Safe Drinking Water Act of 1977, Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 12-5-170 to 12-5-213
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted primacy to Georgia to administer the provisions of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). See the national section DRINKING WATER for more information about the SDWA.
The Georgia primary drinking water regulations generally follow the complete interim or revised national primary drinking water regulations under the SDWA (CGA 12-5-177), but they also have some additional requirements. For example, the state has specified an additional maximum contaminant level (MCL) for nickel of 0.1 milligrams per liter in addition to the MCLs that parallel the federal requirements.
Georgia also requires that water wells and springs to be used as drinking water sources be approved and comply with state regulations. Operators of public water supply systems must be certified by the state.