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Drinking Water - Compliance Monitoring

The Drinking Water Compliance Monitoring Section of the Bureau of Water is charged with monitoring the levels of potential contaminants in statewide water systems.

Regulations

State Safe Drinking Water Act 44-55-10

R.61-58 State Primary Drinking Water Regulations
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Federal Safe Drinking Water Act - EPA

Public Notification Rule Revisions - EPA

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Compliance Monitoring

What is Compliance Monitoring?

Annual Public Water System Compliance Report for South Carolina:
Provides information on what systems were and were not in compliance and what violations each system may have received.

Source Specific Monitoring Strategy Distribution Monitoring Strategy Laboratories and Monitoring: Provides information on laboratory operation and the analytical methods used to analyze water.

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) - EPA
- Provides the Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCL) for potential contaminants in drinking water.

National Contaminant Occurrence Database - EPA Current Drinking Water Standards - EPA

Water on Tap: A Consumer's Guide to the Nation's Drinking Water Supply Children and Drinking Water Standards - EPA - Provides information on water quality and its effects on children. Health Effects - EPA - Provides information on the potential effects from drinking contaminated water.

Health advisories - EPA
- Provides information on health risks associated with each contaminant.

Frequently Asked Questions - EPA

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Bacteriological Monitoring Program

The Bacteriological Monitoring Program monitors South Carolina's drinking water for levels of Total Coliform and E. coli contamination.

Guidance For Developing A Sample Siting Plan for Bacteriolgical Monitoring
of Community and Noncommunity Public Water Systems.


Bacteriological Analysis Input Form - DHEC Form 1974 (07/2004) - 94K
If you would like a copy of the Bacteriological Analysis Input Form in Microsoft Word, please contact Idris Liban.

Coliform - EPA - Provides information on the Total Coliform Rule, when it was adopted and what the requirements are for monitoring Total Coliform.

E. Coli- EPA  - Provides information on E. Coli, what it is , where it comes from its health effects. Chemical Monitoring Program

The Chemical Program is responsible for monitoring the levels of contaminants such as Nitrate, and Fluoride, the levels of Volatile Contaminants, and Semi-Volatile Contaminants in Community, Public, and Non-community Water Systems.

Chemical Monitoring for the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) - PowerPoint Presentation on the types of chemicals monitored by the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Chemical Contaminants - EPA - List of the chemical contaminants covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Arsenic in Drinking Water - Information on the latest update to the Arsenic Rule.

Arsenic - EPA
- Provides information on the Arsenic Rule and the health risks associated with Arsenic.

Fact Sheet: Nitrate
- Provides information on what Nitrate is, why it is monitored and the health risks associated with it.

Fact Sheet: Perchlorate - Provides information on what Perchlorate is, why it is monitored and the health risks associated with it.

Sodium - EPA - Provides information on what Sodium is, why it is monitored and the health risks associated with it.

Sulfate - EPA
- Provides information on what Sulfate is, why it is monitored and the health risks associated with it.

Unegulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR) - EPA - Provides information on the UCMR Regulation.

Methyl tertiary-Butyl Ether (MTBE) - EPA - Provides information on what MTBE is, how it contaminants your water supply  and how to remove it.

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Consumer Confidence Report

The Consumer Confidence Report was developed to make customers aware of the quality of the water they drink.  Community systems are the only type of systems required to design and submit a report to DHEC, these are submitted on an annual basis.

Consumer Confidence Reports - General Information

Consumer Confidence Report template in Word format
-South Carolina Rural Water Association

FAQ's on  Consumer Confidence Reports (PDF - 187)


Consumer Confidence Reports (EPA)
- General information on  CCR's, fact sheet and computer software on CCR's.

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Lead and Copper Monitoring Program - Amanda Mol (803) 898-3794

All Community and Non-transient Non-community water systems are required to monitor for levels of lead and copper in their drinking water.  The action level for lead 0.015 mg/l and the action level for copper is 1.3 mg/l according to state regulations.

For any and all T-Code information, please contact Leslie Owens, (803) 898-4149.

The most commonly asked questions pertaining to the Lead and Copper Rule are "How do I collect my Lead and Copper samples?" and "What do I do if my water system has a Lead and/or Copper Action Level Exceedance (ALE)?"  The information in the links listed below provides a 'user's guide' for those water systems that are required to comply with the Lead and Copper Rule.

DHEC Certification Form


How do I collect my Lead and Copper samples?


What do I do if my water system has a Lead and/or Copper Action Level Exceedance (ALE)?

Lead and Copper Chain of Custody Form
- 55.2K

Desktop Evaluation Short Form for Small and Medium Public Water Systems, Optimum Corrosion Control Treatment

(OCCT) Recommendation
(PDF-503KB)


Optimum Corrosion Control Treatment (OCCT) Documentation - Flushing Records
(PDF-129KB)

Lead and Copper Rule CFR 141.81
- Provides information on the Lead and Copper Rule established by the EPA in 1991.

Lead and Copper Rule: Implementation - Provides information on the minor revisions made to the Lead and Copper Rule.

Lead - EPA
- Provides information on to reduce the amount of lead in your drinking water.

Lead & Copper- EPA
- Addition information on the revisions made to the lead and copper rule.

Drinking Water and Health: Contaminant Specific Fact Sheets for Consumers: Copper - Provides information what copper is, how it is regulated and the health risks associated with copper.

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Radiological Monitoring Program

The Radiological Monitoring Program is designed to monitor for levels of Radium - 226/-228 and levels of Uranium.

CFR 40, Parts 9, 121-122: National Primary Drinking Water Regulations; Radionuclides; Final Rule - Final Radionuclides rule from EPA as of December 7, 2000.

Radionuclides Rule: A Quick Reference Guide

Radionuclides in Drinking Water - Provides information on the new standards of the Radionuclides rule, e.g., the MCL's for Radium -226/-228 and Uranium and the health risks associated with radionuclides.

Radon - EPA - Provides information what radon is, its health risks and the proposed radon regulation.

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Surface Water Treatment Rule, THM's and HAA's Monitoring Program

The Surface Water Treatment Rule (SWTR) is intended to protect the public from contaminated water that may cause adverse health problems due to the presence of viruses, microorganisms, algae and Giardia lamblia. This rule governs all surface water, including all waters open to the atmosphere and those waters that are subject to surface runoff, such as rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. This rule also applies to any groundwater sources determined by the Department to be under direct influence of surface water.

THM

Trihalomethanes are formed when disinfectants combine with organic and/or inorganic matter present in drinking water. These compounds are a health concern at certain levels of exposure and have been known to cause cancer in laboratory rats. The compounds that make-up THM’s are bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane, tribromomethane (bromoform) and trichloromethane (chloroform).

40 CFR Parts 9 141-142: National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts; Final Rule

Surface Water Treatment Rule - EPA - Provides information on what the Surface Water Treatment Rule is and what its requirements are.

Implementation Guidance for the Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule and the Disinfectants and Disinfection

Byproducts
- Provides information on implementation guidelines for the Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule.

Drinking Water Priority Rulemaking: Microbial and Disinfection Byproduct Rules

New Data Available on Microbials and Disinfection Byproducts - Provides information on what the Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule is.

OGWDW Small System Regulatory Requirements - Basic fact sheet on the Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule.

Small System Compliance Technology List for the Surface Water Treatment Rule - Provides information on small systems and their compliance requirements with the rule.

Source Water - EPA - Provides information on what source water is ways to prevent contamination to your source water.

Ground Water Rule - EPA - Information on the proposed Groundwater Rule.

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Additional Links are Listed Below

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The Drinking Water Academy

Drinking Water Glossary

EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water

EPA Office of Water Monitoring Water Quality

Kids - EPA

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Contact

Bruce Bleau, Section Manager, (803) 898-4154


Bureau of Water . Phone: (803) 898-4300 . Fax: (803) 898-3795 . Contact Us