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

The majority, 56%, of wadeable stream length throughout the state is now ranked either “degraded” or in “fair”... read»
ACWA-sponsored SB 385, an urgency measure related to compliance with the state’s new chromium-6 drinking water standard, quickly... read»
The State Water Resources Control Board this week delivered to the Legislature The Safe Drinking Water Plan for California, which details... read»
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a record $1.6 billion infusion of funds to help upgrade the Sacramento Regional... read»
ACWA-sponsored SB 385, an urgency measure related to compliance with the state’s new chromium-6 drinking water standard, was passed... 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»

Upcoming Water Quality Events

Wed, 10/28/2015 - Thu, 10/29/2015
The Stanford GPC's newest Executive Education program is tailored exclusively for public officials and employees. Co-...