Governing Laws and Regulations
Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Water Quality Bureau (WQB) Water Supply Operations Section
DNR Iowa Geological Survey and Land Quality Bureau Underground Storage Tanks
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Iowa protects groundwater through the issuance of water use and allocation permits and well construction permits. In addition, Iowa generally follows the federal groundwater standards that are applied for groundwater monitoring at final permitted and interim status hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities.
• Administration and enforcement. DNR's Water Supply Operations Section administers the water use and allocation permitting and water well construction permitting regulations. DNR's Underground Storage Tanks section enforces UST sampling requirements and the certification requirements for groundwater professionals.