Public Drinking Water Quality in Georgia
Fuller, Wayne R.
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From January 1993 through December 1995 the Environmental Protection Division's (EPD) Drinking Water Program compiled a comprehensive database of drinking water chemistry collected from public water systems (PWS). High risk sampling points were identified for collection of asbestos, cyanide and dioxin water samples. Samples for all other compound analyses were collected for four consecutive calendar quarters from all contracted PWS, at the entry point to the distribution system after treatment. Based upon all compliance, EPD has issued statewide monitoring waivers for asbestos, cyanide, dioxin and most of the SOCs. Waivers were not issued for inorganic compounds and volatile organic compounds due to their usefulness as indicators of declining water quality. Monitoring waivers cannot be issued for micro biologicals, nitrate/nitrite, arsenic and lead and copper. Waiver issuance has dramatically reduced public water system chemical monitoring responsibilities, relieving the water systems of a great deal of burdensome sample collection and analyses for drinking water.