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
When you turn on your tap where does the water come from? If you pay a bill for water you are purchasing water from a public water system. There are approximately 155,000 public water systems in the United States that serve around 286 million people. This water is tested and reported to state, federal, or tribal drinking water agencies who are responsible for making sure it is in compliance with the National Primary Drinking Water Standards. If contaminants are found in the water that may cause illness or other problems the water company is responsible to notify you. Most water companies will send out an annual Consumer Confidence Report which discloses the contaminants found, possible health effects, and the water’s source. This report is generally sent in July with your water bill. If you do not receive a report, contact your water company for this information.
- Accessing local and national water information (annual public water system statistics, data on individual water systems)
- Current Drinking Water Regulations
Private Water Systems
Would you like to know...
- When should I get my water tested and what should I test for?
- What are some common drinking water pollutants?
- How do I collect a sample?
- Where do I get the water analyzed?
- How do I interpret the results?
Then visit our Water Testing Webpage.
For more information regarding your well please check out the "well educated" program at Montana State University Extension
|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.|
For more information regarding your well, visit http://region8water.colostate.edu/drinking_water.shtml
If you have any further questions, please contact us at (435) 797-2580.
Best Management Practices
Best management practices (BMPs) describe ways to manage your land or your activities to reduce or prevent pollution of surface and groundwater near you. These practices protect your family's health, but also help protect the other uses of our water such as recreation, animal habitat, fisheries, and agricultural uses such as irrigation or stock watering. Best management practices are usually simple and low tech, and benefit everybody.