THE SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT

    On December 16, 1974, the Safe Drinking Water Act
    (SDWA) was signed into law.  The SDWA gave the federal
    government, through the U.S. Environmental Protection
    Agency (EPA), the authority to:
  • Set national standards regulating the levels of contaminants in drinking water;
  • Require public water systems to monitor and report their levels of identified contaminants; and
  • Establish uniform guidelines specifying the acceptable treatment technologies for cleansing drinking water of unsafe levels of pollutants.
  • The new Safe Drinking Water Fee enacted by Act 605 becomes effective January 1, 2017.
  • The current fees have increased from $3.20 per connection per year to $12.00 (monthly charge of $1.00) per connection per year.