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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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 26.04.01.01), 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.