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Environ Sci Technol. 2011 Jan 1;45(1):154-60. doi: 10.1021/es101410v. Epub 2010 Dec 8.

What's next after 40 years of drinking water regulations?

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American Water Works Association, 1300 Eye Street NW, #701W., Washington, DC 20005, USA.


The quality of drinking water in the United States has continued to improve over the past 40 years. The formation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in 1971, the passage of the initial Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA, PL 93-523) in 1974, and the passage of the 1996 SDWA Amendments (PL 104-208) represent significant progress in drinking water quality. While the widespread adoption of filtration and disinfection in the early 1900s virtually eliminated waterborne typhoid fever, some residual risks still remained 40 years ago. These national regulatory developments compelled USEPA and the drinking water community to address these remaining risks in drinking water and optimize risk reduction for the public.

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