This report describes the susceptibility and types of constituents that may come into contact with the City's drinking water source based on human activities and natural conditions. The information contained in this assessment will allow the City of Bedford to focus on source water protection strategies.
Safe Drinking Water Act
The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1972 (SDWA) is designed to protect drinking water quality and has broad authority to include surface and ground waters that have the potential to be used as drinking water sources. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to establish and update specific standards for drinking water quality and is supported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
The EPA has specific federal limits for over 80 compounds referred to as the primary standards (MCLs) and having a known or suspected potential to create health-related impacts. Secondary standards (SMCLs) also exist and these are considered nuisance-related contaminants, such as taste and odor. Secondary standards are typically implemented voluntarily or by state rules. Bedford is a Superior Public Water Supply, which means that the water is treated to the secondary standards.
For more information regarding water quality, please contact Wes Layfield, Environmental Specialist, at 817-952-2228.