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The Safe Drinking Water Act

What Does it Do?

The Safe Drinking Water Act: What Does it Do?

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is the principal federal law in the United Statesintended to ensure safe drinking water for the public. Pursuant to the act, the Environmental Protection Agency is required to set standards for drinking-water quality and oversee allstates, localities, and water suppliers that implement these standards.

The SDWA applies to every public water system in the United States. There are currently more than 160,000 public water systems providing water to almost all Americans at some time in their lives. The SDWA does not cover private wells.

The SDWA mandates a basic health threshold for drinking water, but it doesn’t address all issues that can affect you and your home when it comes to water. For instance, hardening minerals like calcium and magnesium that are commonly found in drinking water are generally considered safe by the SDWA, but they can lead to clogging and corrosion of your water pipes, for instance. Additionally, water that meets the SDWA’s standards could still have a relatively unpleasant odor or taste. Point-of-use water treatment, such as that provided by Superior Water’s WATERBOY system, can resolve issues such as these for you.

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