Regulation Resources

The mission of the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association is to work cooperatively within the industry to support not only its members but all the water and wastewater utilities throughout the Commonwealth with professional technical support, certified training, legislative representation, and other valuable services and benefits.

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A significant component of our mission is to help system operators, water industry professionals, and rural water and wastewater treatment facilities understand and comply with PaDEP and EPA regulations.  The purpose of these regulations is to protect both the people that use water and the environment that provides our water.  Because of the importance of protecting people and the environment, regulations can often be detailed, lengthy, and at times difficult to understand.  PRWA seeks to help serve both the regulators and the regulated in understanding, applying, and at times revising these important regulations.

Pennsylvania System Operator Regulation
The Drinking Water and Wastewater System Operator Certification Program is governed by PA DEP to ensure that certified operators maintain the qualifications needed to safely and efficiently operate their water treatment facilities.  Both drinking water and wastewater system operators need to be licensed to operate water and wastewater systems as well as receive approved continuing education.
Pennsylvania Water and Wastewater System Operator center
Pennsylvania Water and Wastewater System Operator regulation

Water Treatment Regulation
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was established to protect the quality of drinking water in the U.S. This law focuses on all water actually or potentially designed for drinking use, whether from above ground or underground sources.
Safe Drinking Water summary
Safe Drinking Water Act home page

Wastewater Treatment Regulation
The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters. The basis of the CWA was enacted in 1948 and was called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, but the Act was significantly reorganized and expanded in 1972. "Clean Water Act" became the Act's common name with amendments in 1977.
Clean Water Act summary

Various templates required by regulations and useful for managing your system can be found here.

If you have questions, either contact us online or by phone.  Contact Penny McCoy about water operator and water system regulations. Contact Mark Gregory with questions about wastewater operator and system regulations.