Water Quality > Education


The United States enjoys one of the world's most reliable and safest supplies of drinking water. Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in 1974 to protect public health, including by regulating public water systems.

In 1984 Congress amended the SDWA, including provisions to:
  • Increase the pace of regulation
  • Strengthen enforcement
  • Help protect ground water sources of drinking water

Additional amendments in 1996 expanded the SDWA to protect drinking water comprehensively, including by:

  • Authorizing risk-based standard-setting for contaminants that may affect public health
  • Requiring that water systems inform consumers about contaminants in their drinking water and violations of the law
  • Creating a multi-billion dollar loan fund for drinking water infrastructure
  • Establishing programs to address challenges faced by small water systems
  • Promoting the protection of surface and ground water sources of drinking water from contamination
  • EPA and the states administer the Safe Drinking Water Act and its programs.

    Fun Stuff

    Environmental Explorers Club
    Drinking Water for Kids - Games and Activities
    Kids Corner at the Groundwater Foundation

    Teachers Pack

    Environmental Education Center
    Amercian Water Works Association
    USGS Water Education


    EPA Water Topics
    A Window on Bristol's Environment
    Connecticut Department of Public Health Drinking Water Division
    Farmington Watershed Profile
    New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission