U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


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Published in Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation (Spring 2004) 24:2 48-52.


What is a ground water-supplied community water system? What proportion of the public water supply industry do these systems represent? How many wells does each system have? Do all systems treat their water? What revenues and expenses do they have? These questions and more are addressed in the Community Water System Survey 2000, conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water. EPA carries out the survey to support its regulation and policy activities by obtaining information to evaluate the effects on the drinking water industry. In the report on the survey, EPA provides summary information, some of which is provided specifically for ground water-supplied community water systems and highlighted here