Water Quality

California enjoys some of the highest water quality in the world. Local water agencies are responsible for meeting many stringent federal and state water quality regulations to ensure the water they deliver is clean and safe.

The Safe Drinking Water Act 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.

Latest News about Water Quality

ACWA-sponsored legislation aimed at aiding compliance with the state’s new chromium-6 drinking water standard on Wednesday cleared... read»
California state officials unveiled an aggressive timeline for reviewing and bringing the state’s injection wells into compliance... read»
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) today published an updated public health goal (PHG) for perchlorate in... read»
Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) on Wednesday introduced SB 385 – an ACWA-sponsored bill to provide a carefully monitored process for... read»
The State Water Resources Control Board has streamlined access to its Drinking Water State Revolving Fund in an attempt to make it easier... read»

Latest Posts about Water Quality

Water Quality Committee Notes - (posted 9/5/14) read more»
ACWA Comment Letter - CalEnviroScreen 2.0 read more»
ACWA Comment Letter - Drinking Water NDPES read more»
ACWA has released its 2013 Suggested Guidelines for use by public water systems in preparing Public Health Goal (PHG) reports to... read more»
ACWA submitted a comment letter Feb. 19 to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on proposed draft changes to a statewide... read more»