Rules for Bacteria Testing, Lead and Copper Testing, and
Bottled Water are finalized
Amendments proposed by the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) to three regulations regarding public drinking water became effective on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. They are: Microbiological Testing (401 KAR 8:200), Lead and Copper (401 KAR 8:300), and Bottled Water (401 KAR 8:700).
Amendments to the microbiological testing regulation (401 KAR 8:200) adopt the federal Revised Total Coliform Rule (40 C.F.R. 141.851 through 861) which requires improved sampling techniques, establishes a maximum E. coli contaminant level, triggers additional testing when E. coli is detected, and requires corrective action when bacteria in the public water distribution system are identified. The amendments to the regulation also clarify reporting requirements for public water systems, and increase flexibility and improve accuracy in determining “population served” by the public water system. Public water systems’ sample site plans must be filed with the DOW no later than December 31, 2015. All public water systems must comply with the requirements established in the Revised Total Coliform Rule beginning January 1, 2016. Continue reading “Division of Water Updates Regulations for Public Drinking Water Systems”