Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974

Safe Drinking Water Act History

The Safe Drinking Water Act was drafted in 1974. Amendments were created in 1984 and 1996 regarding the publication of the chemicals in the water. The legislation is a national law. The act does not cover the content of water bottles. Water bottles are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. There is controversy over the contents of bottled water because the standards are significantly lower. Americans drink bottled water more than most other soft drinks when given a choice.

Reasons for Safe Drinking Water Act

The Safe Drinking Water Act was created in response to many of the environmental concerns building in America in the 70's. The bill was created by the EPA and it was one of the many laws they passed in a short span of time to help the environment. The law was created to protect citizens from chemicals contaminating their water supplies. The law makes injection wells illegal. Injection wells are concrete tubes in the ground that are used to store dangerous chemicals. Injection well frequently leak the chemicals inside. Many companies stored toxic chemicals underground and leaked them into the earth's surface. The chemicals spread and contaminated the citizens' drinking water supply leading to diseases and premature death. The act makes strict regulations on where companies can and can not drop toxic chemicals.

Impact of Safe Drinking Water Act

The Safe Drinking Water Act has impacted the health of our planet by avoiding outbreaks of infections and major diseases.

these are drinking water contaminents that are filtered out:


Order of the Safe Drinking Water Act

  • The EPA is in charge of the SDWA. Normally, the bill was written so that the EPA will test and regulate the water of every state. However, there is an option to allow the states to control the regulation to the by themselves if they agree to send the EPA their results and maintain the same standards for cleanliness of water as the EPA.