Governing Law and Regulations
Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Drinking Water (ODW)
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and On-site Sewage System Professionals (Board)
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. Virginia has received primacy from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). See the national section DRINKING WATER for more information about the federal requirements under the SDWA.
The state's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program provides funding for various technical assistance activities and construction projects. The DWSRF Program receives both federal and state funding.
The state generally follows the federal requirements under the SDWA for maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for drinking water. For more information about MCLs, see the national section DRINKING WATER.
• Administration and enforcement. VDH's ODW is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state and federal ...