Pennsylvania Drinking Water regulations & environmental compliance analysis
Pennsylvania Drinking Water: What you need to know
Governing Law and Regulations
Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act (PSDWA): 35 Pennsylvania Statutes 721.1 to 721.17
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The state regulates drinking water under the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act (PSDWA) and generally follows the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) rules. Pennsylvania has additional requirements for permitting and training of water operators.
• Administration and enforcement. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Office of Water Management administers and enforces most of the drinking water rules in Pennsylvania. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program is administered jointly by the DEP and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PIIA).
The DEP has adopted the federal Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR), which requires that all public water systems monitor for the presence or absence of total coliforms and E. coli. The RTCR requires routine sampling and repeat ...