Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act of 1977 was established to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation's waters so that they can support "the protection and propagation of fish, shellfish, and wildlife and recreation in and on the water."

It is the cornerstone of surface water quality protection in the United States and established the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into U.S. waters. It gave the EPA the authority to implement pollution control programs such as setting water standards for industry, and made it unlawful for any person to discharge pollutants from a point source into navigable waters, unless a permit was obtained under its provisions. It set quality standards for all contaminants in surface waters, funded the construction of sewage treatment plants, and recognized the need for planning to address the critical problems posed by non-point source pollution.

One of the most successful environmental laws, the Clean Water Act has made most of the nation's waters once again safe for fishing, swimming, and drinking. Utilities, Inc. staunchly upholds the Act's environmental mission by observing its laws and dedicating its resources toward improving water quality in the United States.

The Safe Drinking Water Act

The Safe Drinking Water Act was passed in 1974 due to congressional concerns about organic chemical contaminants in drinking water and the inefficient manner by which states supervised and monitored drinking water supplies. Congress’ aim was to assure that all citizens served by public water systems would be provided high quality water. As a result, the EPA set enforceable standards for health-related drinking water contaminants. The Act also established programs to protect underground sources of drinking water from contamination.

Thanks to the Safe Drinking Water Act, water & Wastewater Utilities customers enjoy some of the safest, cleanest drinking water in the world.