Compliance & Enforcement

Drinking Water Compliance and Enforcement

National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWRs or primary standards) are legally enforceable standards that apply to public water systems. Primary standards protect public health by limiting the levels of contaminants in drinking water. These contaminants are divided into:

  • Microorganisms
  • Disinfectants
  • Disinfection Byproducts
  • Inorganic Chemicals
  • Organic Chemicals

List of Required Contaminant Analysis

The Compliance and Enforcement Program determines whether a PWS is in compliance with all state rules and federal regulations pertaining to the Safe Drinking Water Act. Such determination is based on results of the chemical/contaminant monitoring required for each PWS. If a system is out of compliance, a violation is then issued requiring the PWS to do public notification activities to inform the public that here was a problem, what happened, and what they are doing to fix it.

Monthly Operational Reports

Public Notice Forms

Public Water Supply Systems Compliance Reports

Public Boil Water Notices

A Small Systems Guide to the Total Coliform Rule

Filter Backwash Recycling Rule-Technical Guidance Manual

Public Notification Handbook

Lead and Copper Information

Enhanced Coagulation and Enhanced Precipitative Softening Guidance Manual

Compliance Strategy Document

LT1ESWTR Disinfection Profiling and Benchmarking

Public Health Sanitation Environmental Health Procedures Manual for Drinking Water

National Drinking Water Standards

Water System Monitoring Schedules


Dan Mace
Bureau For Public Health
Office of Environmental Health Services
Environmental Engineering Division
Data Management
350 Capitol Street, Room 313
Charleston, WV 25301-3713
Phone: 304-352-5023