Wisconsin Drinking Water regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Wisconsin Drinking Water: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Drinking water quality (adoption of the federal requirements): Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (WSA) 281.17

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Safe drinking water regulations: Wisconsin Administrative Code, Department of Natural Resources (NR) 809.01 to 809.976

Operation and design of community water systems: NR 811.01 to 811.93

Pressure loss: NR 811.08

Cross-connection program: NR 811.09

Storage facilities: NR 811.56 to 811.60

Revised Total Coliform Rule: NR 809.31

Public notification requirements: NR 809.950 to 809.959

Well drilling and construction: NR 812.10

Operator certification: NR 114.01 to 114.37

Waterworks operator: NR 114.01 to 114.14

Water system operator: NR 114.26 to 114.37

Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP): NR 166.01 to 166.25

Regulatory Agencies

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Water Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater

Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has received primacy from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal drinking water requirements under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in Wisconsin.

The state generally follows the federal standards for maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for drinking water supplies. However, they have additional requirements as well, such as an MCL of 0.1 milligrams per liter (mg/L) for nickel. See the national section DRINKING WATER for more information about MCLs and other requirements under the SDWA.

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agencies
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements