The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is the federal law that regulates the quality of public drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established national health-based standards to protect residents from both natural and man-made contaminants that may be found in drinking water.
Public drinking water systems provide drinking water to approximately three-fourths (78 percent) of South Carolina residents. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) regulates public water systems to make sure that they meet the EPA standards. Public water systems are required to test their water frequently, treat the water if standards are not met, and notify customers of the water quality. Our Bureau of Water is tracking arsenic, atrazine, disinfection byproducts,nitrate, combined radium 226/228, tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, and uranium, in public drinking water as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHT).
Private Wells are considered private property and are not regulated by federal standards. People with private wells are responsible for testing and treating their own drinking water, and they are required to notify DHEC before installing a private drinking water well and/or irrigation well.
Use this interactive tool to choose drinking water indicators and measures to generate maps, bar charts and trend lines.
Whether your drinking water comes from a lake, river, reservoir, or groundwater, it's important to protect it from contamination. Animal waste, fertilizer, pesticides, motor oil, gasoline, and other contaminants can get carried to your drinking water source through runoff pollution.
Do your part to help reduce runoff pollution: