Drinking Water Regulation

The process of regulatory development is a lengthy one, with even the most basic drinking water rules requiring years to move from the initial stages to final promulgation. AMWA provides a strong, constant voice for member utilities throughout the process. At each step of the regulatory development process, from initial contaminant identification and scientific research to final promulgation, implementation and subsequent reviews, AMWA stays engaged with staff at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies to ensure the final results improve public health within a structure that makes sense for drinking water utilities.

EPA’s drinking water regulatory agenda includes work on several items of great interest for AMWA members, and AMWA staff will maintain a strong voice in the discussions:

  • Regulatory development for revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule based on National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) workgroup recommendations.
  • Regulatory determinations from the third Contaminant Candidate List (CCL3)
  • Clean Water Rule
  • Stakeholder consultations on carcinogenic volatile organic compounds
  • Fourth contaminant candidate list (CCL4)
  • Fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR4)
  • Evaluation of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and associated algal toxins
  • Revisions to Risk Management Plan requirements

Other ongoing efforts, such as modeling the effects of low-level perchlorate exposure using a physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model to set a maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG), evaluations of incoming UCMR3 results and ongoing six-year review processes also continue.

AMWA’s vigilance on these and any new regulatory initiatives is continuous, providing assurance that member utilities always have a strong voice with regulators in Washington, D.C.

Recent Letters and Comments


AMWA comments on EPA's proposed RMP Rule revisions
May 13, 2016

Support for Transparency, Lead and Copper (LCR) Revisions and Request for Clarification of Compliance of Existing LCR Requirements (As Expressed in the Letters sent to Governors and state primacy agencies dated Feb. 29, 2016).
March 11, 2016

AMWA memorandum on lead in drinking water communications
January 29, 2016


AMWA statement for EPA algal toxin listening session
September 16, 2015

Statement on H.R. 212, the "Drinking Water Protection Act"
February 5, 2015


Comments on EPA/Army Corps of Engineers proposed "Waters of the U.S." rule
November 14, 2014

Comments in response to EPA's request for information on potential regulatory changes to the Risk Management Program
October 29, 2014


Letter requesting Senate action on H.R. 3588, the Community Fire Safety Act
December 5, 2013

Follow-up Lead & Hydrants Letter to EPA
December 2, 2013

Letter in support of H.R. 3588, the Community Fire Safety Act
November 26, 2013

Lead & Hydrants Letter to EPA
November 7, 2013

Letter to Congress on applicability of the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act to fire hydrants
November 4, 2013

Comments to EPA on Steam Electric ELGs
September 20, 2013