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.