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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. West Virginia has been granted primacy from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
The state has adopted, by reference, the federal regulations for the national primary drinking water standards for maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) under 40 CFR 141 with exception to specific portions of Subpart Y, the Revised Total Coliform Rule. West Virginia has adopted the national primary drinking water regulations implementation under 40 CFR 142 and the secondary drinking water regulations under 40 CFR 143 (WV Reg. 64-3-10). For more information about the SDWA and MCLs, see the national section DRINKING WATER. The state has also adopted the federal standards for the certification of laboratories performing analyses of drinking water.
West Virginia has established state-specific regulations for public water system operators, well drillers, and cross connection control and backflow prevention.