Federal and State laws and regulations govern the activities of MDE’s Water Supply Program, water utilities, and water users. Federal laws are passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is then authorized by Congress to develop regulations.
In Maryland, laws are adopted by the Maryland General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor. The Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) develops regulations to implement the laws.
Maryland Statute http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmStatutes.aspx?pid=statpage&tab=subject5
Code of Maryland Regulations(COMAR)
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Safe Drinking Water Act
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is the main federal law that ensures the quality of Americans' drinking water. Under SDWA, EPA sets standards for drinking water quality and oversees the states, localities, and water suppliers who implement those standards.SDWA was originally passed by Congress in 1974 to protect public health by regulating the nation's public drinking water supply. The law was amended in 1986 and 1996 and requires many actions to protect drinking water and its sources: rivers, lakes, reservoirs, springs, and ground water wells. (SDWA does not regulate private wells which serve fewer than 25 individuals.) Click here to find out more about the SDWA.
For More Information
For more information contact the Water Supply Program at 410-537-3589 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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