Frequent Questions

Are US military bases in foreign countries regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)?

No.  US military bases in foreign countries are not covered by SDWA.  SDWA applies to public water systems in each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Trust Territory of the Pacifica Islands (SDWA 1401(13)).  There is, however, a Presidential executive order stating that military facilities outside US environmental law jurisdiction, such as those in foreign countries, should comply with domestic environmental laws to the extent possible (E.O. 12088, October 13, 1978).
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