New York Drinking Water regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New York Drinking Water: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Public water systems: 10 New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR) 5-1.1 to 5-1.100

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Water quality treatment districts: 10 NYCRR 5-5.1 to 5-5.7

Water supplies: New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) 15-1501 to 15-1529

Public water supply system operation: 10 NYCRR 5-1.72

Maximum contaminant levels: 10 NYCRR 5-1.51 and 10 NYCRR 5-1.52

Cross-connection control: 10 NYCRR 5-1.31

Operator certification: 10 NYCRR 5-4.1 to 5-4.8

State notification: 10 NYCRR 5-1.77

Emergency plans: 10 NYCRR 5-1.33

Bottled and bulk water standards: 10 NYCRR 5-6.1 to 5-6.18

Certification procedures: 10 NYCRR 5-6.16

Treatment requirements: 10 NYCRR 5-6.5

Water wells: 10 NYCRR 5-2.1 to 5-2.14

Water well drillers: ECL 15-1525

Regulatory Agencies

New York State Department of Health (DOH) Bureau of Public Water Supply Protection

New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office of Natural Resources and Water Quality Division of Water Water Well Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New York has authority from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the drinking water requirements under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). New York generally follows the federal requirements, but has more stringent maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for some compounds.

New York has implemented water quality treatment districts established under applicable provisions of the county law and the town law, which allow the county or town to have ownership and operation of point-of-use treatment systems. A point-of-use treatment ...


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