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Drinking Water Systems

There are two types of drinking water systems in the United States. They are:

  • Public water systems that are subject to United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.
  • Privately owned water systems that are not subject to EPA regulations.

According to the EPA, approximately 286 million Americans receive their tap water from a community water system. These public water systems are monitored and regulated as set by the EPA.

An estimated 15% of Americans, or about 45 million people, get their water from private ground water wells that are not subject to EPA regulations. Private ground water wells can provide safe, clean water. However, well water can also become contaminated, leading to illness. It is the responsibility of well owners to maintain and treat their well.

Resources

Publications

What's Wrong With My Water? Choosing the Right Test -

Drinking Water Quality: Testing and Interpreting Your Results

-Using Your Senses to Identify Water Problems

Filtration: Sediment, Activated Carbon and Mixed Media

OnlineTools - Ask questions about your water!

eXtension Drinking Water and Human Health

Drinking Water Test Interpretation Tool

Presentations

Home Water Treatments

Water Scams

Bottled Water vs.Tap Water

News Releases

Water Quality Reports

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