Water Safety

To protect citizens’ health, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) since 1974 has set national safety standards for wastewater services. While the USEPA and state governments set and enforce standards, water companies – whether public or private – have a direct responsibility.

As the nation’s largest publicly traded water service providers, American Water takes that responsibility very seriously. In addition to working closely with the USEPA and state authorities to ensure that the water we provide customers meets federal and state safety standards, our researchers help the USEPA develop its standards and regulations.