The Safe Drinking Water Act
In the early 1900's, states began to monitor and regulate water systems. Water professionals worked closely with researchers and health officials to develop standards to protect public health. In 1974, the federal government created uniform national requirements for public water supplies by passing the original Safe Drinking Water Act. It directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish standards and requirements to protect consumers from harmful contaminants in drinking water. In 1986, the SDWA was updated with additional regulations aimed at improving water quality. The 1996 re-authorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act strikes a balance among federal, state, local, urban, rural, large and small water system requirements that improve the protection of public health and bring reason and good science to the regulatory process.
One of the provisions of the newly updated Safe Drinking Water Act requires that the Food and Drug Administration establish regulations for bottled water. The law specifies that the regulations for bottled water are to be no less stringent than those issued for public water systems. It also requires EPA to study the feasibility of informing consumers of bottled water content.
The Safe Drinking Water Hot-line phone number is 800-426-4791, for more information about the SDWA, call the EPA toll-free Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

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1. How to Report a Water Main Break or Sewer Back Up
2. How to locate underground utility lines
3. How to get a new meter or get old meter repaired
4. Is the City responsible for the repair of your service?
5. Who is responsible for finding and fixing leaks in your water service?
6. Source of The Dania Beach drinking water
7. Dania Beach water is filtered and extensively tested for impurities
8. Bottled water is not necessarily safer or healthier to drink than tap water
9. Risks of using a home water treatment device
10. The Safe Drinking Water Act
11. Standards for taste, odor and appearance
12. What is "Hard" water?
13. There is no radon in the water.
14. Preparing tap water for fish tanks.
15. What causes hair to turn green?