Homeowners and Your Water
SOURCES OF DRINKING WATER
There are two types of drinking water systems in the United States, Public water systems and privately owned water systems. Public water systems are subject to United States Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) regulations, while privately owned water systems are not.
PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS
Public drinking water systems provide water to at least multiple people through a series of connections. In Utah, a public water supply must include 15 connections, or supply water to 25 or more people, for at least 60 days out of a year.
These systems are regulated in multiple ways, including a requirement to meet EPA’s safe drinking water limits. Water is tested at least every year and provide an annual Consumer Confidence Report to all users which discloses any contaminants found, possible health effects, and information about the water’s source.
- Utah’s ~ 1000 public drinking water systems provide safe drinking water to almost all (over 99%) of Utah residents.
- Across the country, approximately 155,000 public water systems serve around 286 million people.
For more information about the regulation and protection of public drinking water systems, See Frequently asked Questions here.
- Accessing local and national water information (annual public water system statistics, data on individual water systems)
- Current Drinking Water Regulations
PRIVATE WATER SYSTEMS
DRINKING WATER LINKS
Good record keeping is essential to help protect the health of your household and the environment. These folders provide an easy, practical way to keep records of private wells and septic tanks. These folders also contain a description of typical systems (e.g., septic systems), suggestions for maintenance, tables for critical dates, and other important information to help keep systems operating efficiently.
- Waterquality Interpretation Tool
- Best management practices (BMPs)
- Testing Your Well Water Brochure
- Possible Pollutants Fact Sheets
- Drinking Water Treatment Systems
- Drinking Water Test Labs
If you have any further questions, please contact us at (435) 797-2580.