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The Safe Drinking Water Act Of 1974, 1984, & 1996. Elle Gerleman. Function of Act. Harmful contaminants include: Radionuclides Microbes Organic Chemicals Inorganic Chemicals. The purpose is to protect American’s from harmful contaminants in the public’s drinking water.

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The

Safe Drinking

Water

Act

Of 1974, 1984, & 1996

Elle Gerleman


Function of act
Function of Act

  • Harmful contaminants include:

  • Radionuclides

  • Microbes

  • Organic Chemicals

  • Inorganic Chemicals

  • The purpose is to protect American’s from harmful contaminants in the public’s drinking water.

  • It applies to public water systems which can be either private or publically owned.

  • (Privately owned wells do not apply to the act).


Environmental issues affected
Environmental Issues Affected

  • Water is one of the greatest keystones of the environment.

  • As a result, water quality effects health of the people and the success of the economy.

  • It is imperative that we keep our waters clean or else disease will spread throughout all forms of life.


Regulation enforcement
Regulation & Enforcement

  • There are set water-testing schedules and methods that must be followed.

  • EPA also set a maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG). Below this level there is no known or expected risk to health.

  • EPA has set legal limits for contaminants in drinking water which protect human health.

  • EPA provides a list of acceptable techniques for treating contaminated water.

  • Individual states enforce their own drinking water standards (must be as strong as EPA’s national standard).