The Safe Drinking Water Act

On December 16, 1974, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was signed into law. The SDWA gave the federal government, through the U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA), the authority to:

  • Set national standards regulating the levels of contaminants in drinking water
  • Require public water systems to monitor and report their levels of identified contaminants
  • Establish uniform guidelines specifying the acceptable treatment technologies for cleansing drinking water of unsafe levels of pollutatns.

The new SDWA fee enacted by ACT 605 became effective on January 1, 2017. The current fee increased from $3.20 per conncection per year to $12.00 (monthly charge of $1.00) per connection per year. 

  • This fee is listed as ACT on your monthly bill.