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The Orange County Water District in California walks through the three-step process of recycling wastewater in the video below.
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40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act

We're celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act! The Act, which was first signed into law by President Ford, gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the ability to set federal health-based standards to protect drinking water. The Act has seen several amendments since its original passage, but today 94% of American public water systems meet its standards. Please join us in celebrating this important milestone by learning more about the Safe Drinking Water Act and what you can to to help protect your water for many years to come.

Your Water Utility

The best way to find out more information about your drinking water is to contact your local utility. The more you know about your water utility, the better position you will be in to contribute positively to the quality of your drinking water. Begin by asking your utility these questions:

  • What is the source of the drinking water supply? (river, lake, aquifer, etc.)
  • How are state standards different from those at the federal level? More comprehensive?
  • Does the utility monitor for unregulated contaminants, particularly those likely to be found in the area?
  • How is the water treated?
  • What is the utility track record for complying with Maximum Contaminant Levels and all monitoring and reporting requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)?

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