Iowa Drinking Water regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Iowa Drinking Water: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Public drinking water definitions and permit requirements: Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) 567-40.1(455B) to 567-43.9(455B)

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Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF): IAC 567-44.1(455B) to 567-44.14(455B)

Construction permits: IAC 567-43.3(455B)

Operation permits: IAC 567-43.2(455B)

Private well permits: IAC 567-38.3(455B)

Operator certification: IAC 567-81.1(455B) to 567-81.17(455B)

Regulatory Agencies

Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Services Division Water Quality Bureau

Local Boards of Health

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

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 Iowa to administer the federal drinking water protection rules under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The state generally follows the federal rules under the SDWA for public water suppliers, including maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for pollutants. Iowa requires that public water supply systems obtain both construction and operating permits, and the state also has permit requirements for private water wells.

As in other states, Iowa has a certification process for water treatment and water distribution system operators. An examination, along with education and on-the-job experience, is needed to obtain this certification.

Administration and enforcement. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Water Quality Bureau administers and enforces the drinking water program. The DNR conducts the public water supply program, provides grants to counties, and establishes minimum standards for the ...

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agencies
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements