Frequent Questions

SDWIS Question: What happens if a private owner has more of a stake than the public? There seems to be some confusion about the definition of ?private? when it?s used in conjunction with public in the ownership category. Public/private specific.

Each primacy agency reports information about the water systems under its jurisdiction to the national database, so specific questions like this should be directed to the source primacy agency. Public Water Systems are stored in the database with an owner type – which may be classified as Mixed Public-Private; the primacy agency may also maintain and report jurisdictional relationships through linked Legal Entities. But this level of specific question would need to be directed to the primacy agency (states) that reported the data in question.

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