Maryland Drinking Water regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Maryland Drinking Water: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

General drinking water requirements: Maryland Code Annotated, Environmental (Md. Code Ann., Envir.) 9-401 to 9-417

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Drinking water quality: Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) to

Water supply construction permits: COMAR to

Water system operators: COMAR to

Emergency reporting: COMAR

Regulatory Agencies

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Water Management Administration

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. Maryland has been granted primacy by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer and enforce the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements in Maryland. The Maryland Department of the Environment's (MDE) responsibilities include monitoring and inspection procedures, and the state complies with all rules and regulations adopted by the EPA under the SDWA. For more information about the SDWA, see the national section DRINKING WATER.

The state has incorporated by reference most of the federal requirements under the SDWA (COMAR, and Maryland follows the federal limitations for maximum contaminant levels for inorganic pollutants in the state's public drinking water supplies, and requirements for public notification of water quality violation and consumer confidence reports.

Administration and enforcement. MDE's Water Management Administration is responsible for administering and enforcing the SDWA requirements in Maryland.

State Requirements



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