Frequent Questions

My water system provided me with a public notification about a health-based violation of a drinking water regulation. Will drinking my tap water make me sick?

A public water system's violation of a health-based standard does not mean that the people who consume the system's water will become sick. A health-based violation means that either a system has exposed their users to what EPA has judged as an unreasonable risk of illness, or a system has failed to treat their water to the extent EPA has judged necessary to protect their users from an unreasonable risk of illness in the event that the regulated contaminant is present in source water (Providing Safe Drinking Water In America: 2000 National Public Water Systems Compliance Report, EPA305-R-02-001, July 2002).
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