EPA Releases Groundwater Rule Info. Guides

EPA is releasing a new information guide to assist states and public water systems understand requirements of the Ground Water Rule (GWR). The GWR, which was finalized in November 2006, will provide for increased protection against microbial pathogens in public water systems that use groundwater as a source of drinking water. Public water systems need to begin actions to comply with the GWR in December 2009.

A Quick Reference Guide provides a simple and straight-forward description of the rule, critical deadlines, requirements for drinking water systems and states, and information on monitoring requirements. A series of fact sheets provide more detail about specific topics covered by the rule, including monitoring, sanitary surveys, and public notification.

Electronic versions of the documents are available on the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/disinfection/gwr/compliancehelp.html.

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