Regulations and Standards

Regulations and standards embody an important aspect of protecting drinking water quality. National laws may govern how a local municipality ensures drinking water quality. The national government may also set the minimum standards for drinking water quality. However, it is often up to the municipalities to decide the best ways in which to achieve and maintain acceptable drinking water quality levels.

Regulation of the land uses around well fields is one example of ways in which water quality is protected. A further example is the monitoring of chemical and microbiological contaminants in the water.

Other tools for protecting water resources:
· Design Standards
· Groundwater monitoring
· Household Hazardous Waste Collection
· Public Education
· Purchase of Property of Development Rights
· Site Plan Review
· Source Prohibitions
· Subdivision Ordinances
· Water Conservation
· Zoning Ordinances

A few of the laws and regulations pertaining to drinking water & groundwater:

  • Higienos Norma 44-1993 Požeminio Vandens Vandenviečių ir Vandentiekio Vamzdynų Sanitarinės Apsaugos Zonos Projektavimo ir Priežiūros Higienos Normos Bei Taiyklės [Hygiene Norms and Rules of Designing and Supervision of Sanitary Protection Zone of Groundwater Intakes and Networks]

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