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Administered by the Utah Division of Drinking Water


  • Compliance Report 2002
    Utah Drinking Water Annual Report.

  • Entry Point/Common Aquifer Policy
    The Division has a policy that allows chemical sampling for sources that combine at an entry point to the distribution system, and sources in a common aquifer. For a common entry point grouping, the policy states that in order to maintain the entry point status that systems must submit a sampling plan to DDW. If a system has sources in a common aquifer, then it must apply for those sources to be grouped into a sampling station. The deadlines for a system to submit either the sampling plan or the common aquifer application are stated within the policy.

  • Openline Newsletter
    Current drinking water issues.

  • Security Vulnerability Assessments and Emergency Response Plans
    The Drinking Water Board has prepared this resolution. 

Constructing a New Public Drinking Water System

Managing or Operating an Existing Public Drinking Water System

  • 2006 Survey of Community Water Systems
    Includes average water bill information.

  • Bacteriologic and Chemical Samples
    A minimum number of bacteriologic and chemical samples must be taken from your system. Samples must be analyzed by a certified laboratory. Monitoring waivers may be available for certain chemicals.

  • Certified Operator
    Certain water systems must have a certified operator.

  • Conservation Plans—Utah Division of Water Resources
    Systems serving 500 or more connections must have a water management and conservation plan.

  • Construction Approval Process
    The Division of Drinking Water must be notified before the construction of any new facility (e.g., storage tank, treatment facility, well source, or distribution system improvements). Construction must not commence until plan approval is obtained, and once constructed, the facility can not be put into operation until an operating permit is obtained.

  • Consumer Confidence Report (CCR)
    You may be required to send your customers an annual Consumer Confidence Report.

  • Cross-connection Control Program
    A cross-connection control program must be in place. See R309-105(12) for the rule. For additional information, contact Gary Rager.

  • DDW Sampling Points
    An Access database that provides an additional resource for Public Water Suppliers, Laboratories, and Sample Collectors. The database is a useful reference that assists in the proper identification and labeling of Drinking Water Compliance Samples submitted to laboratories. Proper identification of Water System Facilities and their associated sampling points is crucial to improving data quality and allows for timely and accurate data reporting by means of electronic data submission directly from the laboratory to DDW. This database contains a number of tables derived from the DDW SDWIS database, including tables of water systems, water system facilities, sampling points, analyte codes, and standard method codes, as well as a table of sampling points specific to sampling for TTHM/HAA. A query against these tables (qrySAMPLING_POINTS) is also provided that can retrieve details of water systems, water system facilities, and sampling points for all drinking water systems in Utah. (Updated 06/02/10)

  • Developing New Sources
    Development of new water sources can be a challenging because a number of issues must be addressed. It is important that well drillers, consulting engineers, and groundwater consultants fully understand the review process.

  • Financial Assistance
    Financial assistance for constructing new facilities may be available.

  • Fluoridating Drinking Water in Davis and Salt Lake Counties
    Salt Lake and Davis counties have ordinances mandating the fluoridation of their drinking water supplies.

  • Rules Governing Operation, Maintenance, and Construction
    These rules govern the operation, maintenance, and construction of any public drinking water system.

  • LabToState 2.1 | Installation Guide
    To electronically submit drinking water sample results to SDWIS/XML Sampling for processing and permanent storage in a SDWIS/STATE database, the sample results must be formatted in XML documents. SDWIS/LabToState assists laboratories and primacy agencies with the formatting and validation of XML documents. (129MB)

  • Lead and Copper Sampling
    Lead and copper sampling is required for community and non-transient non-community systems.

  • Monthly Operational Reports
    If you treat your water, monthly operational reports must be sent to the Division of Drinking Water.
  • Public Notice
    If a system fails to meet monitoring or quality requirements, it will be required to give public notice. There are templates that may help.
  • Quality Standards
    The water delivered to customers must meet certain quality standards.
  • Source Protection Plan
    A source protection plan may be required for each source.
  • Technical Assistance
    Non-governmental technical assistance is available through various local professional organizations.

  • Vulnerability Assessment
    Some water systems are required to conduct a Vulnerability Assessment. All systems are encouraged to have an emergency response plan in place. In many areas of the state the possibility of earthquake damage must be realistically considered.
  • Well Approval Checklist
    This list is valuable when constructing a new well.

Sanitary Survey Schedule

A water system will be periodically inspected and given a rating. (Updated July 1, 2013)