Protecting Public Health and the Environment.
The federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) authorizes EPA to regulate public drinking water systems. However, Congress intended that the states be responsible for carrying out the provisions of the act and encouraged them to take "primacy" of their state drinking water programs. Primacy refers to the authority of a state to carry out and enforce the provisions of the SDWA. EPA awarded Idaho primacy in 1978.
The goal of Idaho's drinking water program is to protect public health by making sure that the state's public drinking water systems are safe from contamination. To attain this goal, DEQ provides technical assistance and support to systems and collects fees to support these drinking water protection activities.
Historically, Idaho's drinking water program was funded through the state's Water Pollution Control Account. Idaho Code Section 39-119 authorizes DEQ to "charge and collect" fees for services. Idaho's Rules for Public Drinking Water Systems require all regulated public water systems to pay an annual fee assessment. Currently, the program is funded about one-third by annual fee assessments and two-thirds by an annual grant from the EPA.
Fees are based on the number of connections* as follows:
* The annual fee for transient noncommunity public water systems is $25.
Drinking water fees are used to ensure safe drinking water for Idahoans through support of the state's drinking water program, which provides technical support and assistance to water systems to help them comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act in the simplest and least expensive ways possible. DEQ's Drinking Water Program uses the funds for program operating expenses, capital outlay (which includes the purchase of monitoring equipment loaned to water systems), and staff. Technical assistance includes:
In addition, qualified small systems are eligible to receive low-interest loans to upgrade their systems and thereby protect their customers.
Drinking Water Field Services LeadDon LeeDEQ State OfficeWater Quality Division1410 N. HiltonBoise, ID 83706(208) email@example.com
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