Local water operators recognized

The Federal and State Safe Drinking Water Act Regulations require community public water systems to take many actions to protect source water and provide safe drinking water.

Posted March 15, 2013

The Federal and State Safe Drinking Water Act Regulations require community public water systems to take many actions to protect source water and provide safe drinking water.

The SDWA was passed by Congress in 1974 to protect public health by regulating the nation’s public drinking water supplies. The law was amended in 1986 and 1996. Originally, the SDWA focused on treatment as a means of providing safe drinking water at the tap. The 1996 amendments greatly enhanced the existing law by recognizing source water protection, funding for water system improvements, and public information as important components of safe drinking water.

In 2012, the SDWA consisted of eleven major rules. These rules are the: Total Coliform Rule, Ground Water Rule, Phase 2/5 Rule (primary and secondary inorganic chemicals, synthetic organic chemicals which include pesticides and herbicides, volatile organic chemicals, nitrate/nitrite, and acrylamide and epichlorohydrin), Lead and Copper Rule along with Water Quality Parameters, Consumer Confidence Report Rule, Stage 1 and Stage

2 Disinfectant and Disinfection Byproducts Rules, Public Notification Rule, Radionuclides Rule, Arsenic Rule,

Filter Backwash Recycle Rule, and Surface Water Treatment Rule which includes Interim Enhanced Surface

Water Treatment Rule, Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule and Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule. The Fluoridation Program, which is not mandated by the SDWA, but a voluntary, state-run program, was also included in determining compliance.

In 2012, a number of water operators fully complied with SDWA requirements based on the type of water used, the size of the community, and the type of treatments applied. These operators have been presented with a

“Certificate of Compliance” by the North Dakota Department of Health. A letter of commendation has also been sent to their respective city council, board of directors, or system owner recognizing their efforts.

For more information, contact Larry Thelen, North Dakota Department of Health, at 701.328.5257.

The following local operators have been recognized for their work and resulting achievements from which the consumers benefitted.

Deen R Brecht – City of Dodge

Larry Pavlenko – City of Dunn Center

Patrick Kuntz – City of Halliday

Greg Nordsven – City of Killdeer

Keith Jankowski – Dunn County Lodge

Emanuel Stroh – Manning Water Board


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