Private water service companies come in all shapes and sizes, but they all share a common goal: to provide their customers with high-quality, safe and reliable service. Our members are dedicated to meeting the expectations of the people and businesses they serve, and they take the responsibility that comes with being a good corporate citizen seriously.
All water service providers are regulated at the federal level by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and at the state level by the various state health and environmental agencies. To learn about specific regulations and initiatives, we encourage you to explore the following links:
Working to ensure compliance with the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act
The highly technical public works systems and utilities created to implement the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act reflect the federal government's commitment to ensuring all communities have access to safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater services, regardless of size and financial status. To help service providers follow through on this commitment, we believe that health and environmental statutes and regulations should be applied consistently rather than on a tiered basis or according to individual circumstances. We recommend that regulators work with utilities to set compliance goals, and to provide positive incentives that will encourage competent systems to take responsibility for small, poor-performing ones.
The EPA has an opportunity to make a difference by encouraging and providing incentives to water managers to achieve compliance, and there are many managerial, technical and financial tools available to ease the process. This is a message we've shared with the federal government. To read our statement before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Oversight Hearing on Federal Drinking Water Programs, click here and read NAWC's Statement on Compliance.
We believe that a transparent and consistent enforcement program is a critical part of our nation's efforts to ensure clean, safe, secure and reliable drinking water and wastewater service for everyone as intended by the authors of these landmark environmental laws. To learn more about the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act, as well as our positions on both, follow the links below:
- Our Position on the Contaminant Regulation Process
- Our Statement on Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance
- National Primary Drinking Water Regulations