Drinking Water Security Poster

Title

Drinking Water Security Poster

Description

This poster not only brings awareness to the importance of safe drinking water, but it also encourages the public to get involved and take action, reminding them that “we’re all in this together.” It was issued by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2003.

In 1974, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to protect and regulate our public water supply. Water sources, such as springs, rivers, lakes, and ground water wells are also protected under this legislation. This law allows the EPA to set protective standards against contaminants (both manmade and naturally occurring).
 
When it was first implemented, the SDWA's main focus was water treatment. Amendments made in 1996 introduced source protection, water system improvements, and operator training, therefore monitoring the water supply from source to faucet.
 
All public water supplies (more than 170,000) within the United States are covered by the SDWA. It is enforced not only by the EPA, but also the public, states, and tribes. Under this law, National Primary Drinking Water Regulations have been established, which set maximum contaminant levels and testing requirements.
 
As chemicals, wastes and pesticides continue to threaten our water supply, our sources must continually protected. Programs are in place to help keep pollution out of water systems, and, thanks to the SDWA, national standards can be legally enforced. The public is also regularly informed through annual reports.

Creator

EPA

Date

May 16th, 2003

Source

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/60/Drinking_Water_Security_Poster_EPA.jpg/463px-Drinking_Water_Security_Poster_EPA.jpg

Rights

Source: Safe Drinking Water Act. (n.d.). United States Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved Oct 15, 2012, from http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/

Publisher

EPA

Contributor

EPA

Format

Medium: Poster

Language

English

Type

Poster

Identifier

EPA, Posters, SDWA, Water, Public Health, Public Water

Coverage

United States

Files

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/60/Drinking_Water_Security_Poster_EPA.jpg/463px-Drinking_Water_Security_Poster_EPA.jpg

Reference

EPA, Drinking Water Security Poster, EPA, May 16th, 2003

Cite As

EPA, “Drinking Water Security Poster,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 20, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/249.