Drinking Water Program (DWP)

The Drinking Water Program works with all public water systems in North Dakota to ensure that they provide safe drinking water and are meeting the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. This is accomplished by monitoring contaminants, providing operator certification and training, conducting inspections, and providing technical assistance.

Greg Wavra

Program Manager


General

Definition of a Public Water System

A public water system is a water system which has at least 15 service connections or serves an average of at least 25 people for at least 60 days a year.

Types of Public Water Systems

There are three types of federal public water systems:

  • Community Water System
    • Abbreviated: CWS or C
    • Definition: A public water system that supplies water to the same population year-round.
  • Non-Transient Non-Community Water System
    • Abbreviated: NTNCWS or NTNC
    • Definition: A public water system that regularly supplies water to at least 25 of the same people at least six months per year. Some examples are schools, factories, office buildings, and hospitals which have their own water systems.
  • Transient Non-Community Water System
    • Abbreviated: TNCWS, TNC, or NC
    • A public water system that provides water in a place such as a gas station or campground where people do not remain for long periods of time.

Situations when a Public Water System Must Notify the North Dakota Department of Health

A public water system must notify the Department of Health if/when:

  • Any water samples test E. Coli positive.
  • Average result from a Nitrate (initial or confirmation) sample exceeds 10 mg/L.
  • Animal contamination is present in finished water storage tanks.
  • Failure or interuption of plant processes.
  • Failure that disrupts water supply or distribution system.
  • Chemical spills or other contamination that may impact water supply.
  • Loss of pressure in distribution system.
  • You are planning to change your water system source or aspects of your treatment system.
    • Switching secondary disinfectants - chlorine to chloramines
    • Switching coagulants - alum to ferric chloride
    • Switching corrosion inhibitor products - orthophosphate to blended phosphate
    • Changing the dose of existing chemicals if planning long-term changes to finished water pH
    • Installation of membrane filters, ozone or enhanced coagulation/softening

Regulation Applicability Based on Public Water System Type

Community Water System

Regulation applicability based on federal public water system type and water source:

  • Community Water System
    • Ground Water (GW)
      • Acrylamide and Epichlorohydrin (A&E)
      • Arsenic Rule
      • Consumer Confidence Rule (CCR)
      • Ground Water Rule (GWR)
      • Lead and Copper Rule (LCR)
      • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level monitoring (MRDL)
      • Nitrate - Nitrite (N/N)
      • Primary Inorganic Chemicals (PIOC)
      • Public Notice Rule (PN)
      • Radionuclides Rule (RADs)
      • Regulated Volatile Organic Chemicals (RVOC)
      • Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)
      • Synthetic Organic Chemicals (SOC)(Pesticides)
      • Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids (TTHM/HAA5)
    • Ground Water Purchased
      • Acrylamide and Epichlorohydrin (A&E)
      • Consumer Confidence Rule (CCR)
      • Ground Water Rule (GWR)
      • Lead and Copper Rule (LCR)
      • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level monitoring (MRDL)
      • Public Notice Rule (PN)
      • Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)
      • Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids (TTHM/HAA5)
    • Surface Water (SW) or Ground Water Under the Direct Influence of Surface Water (GU)
      • Acrylamide and Epichlorohydrin (A&E)
      • Arsenic Rule
      • Consumer Confidence Rule (CCR)
      • Lead and Copper Rule (LCR)
      • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level monitoring (MRDL)
      • Nitrate - Nitrite (N/N)
      • Primary Inorganic Chemicals (PIOC)
      • Public Notice Rule (PN)
      • Radionuclides Rule (RADs)
      • Regulated Volatile Organic Chemicals (RVOC)
      • Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)
      • Surface Water Treatment Rules (SWTR)
      • Synthetic Organic Chemicals (SOC)(Pesticides)
      • Total Organic Carbon (TOC) and Alkalinity
      • Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids (TTHM/HAA5)
    • Surface Water Purchased (SWP) or Ground Water Under the Direct Influence of Surface Water Purchased (GUP)
      • Acrylamide and Epichlorohydrin (A&E)
      • Consumer Confidence Rule (CCR)
      • Lead and Copper Rule (LCR)
      • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level monitoring (MRDL)
      • Public Notice Rule (PN)
      • Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)
      • Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids (TTHM/HAA5)

Non-Transient Non-Community Water System

  • Non-Transient Non-Community Water System
    • Ground Water (GW)
      • Acrylamide and Epichlorohydrin (A&E)
      • Arsenic Rule
      • Ground Water Rule (GWR)
      • Lead and Copper Rule (LCR)
      • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level monitoring (MRDL)
      • Nitrate - Nitrite (N/N)
      • Primary Inorganic Chemicals (PIOC)
      • Public Notice Rule (PN)
      • Regulated Volatile Organic Chemicals (RVOC)
      • Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)
      • Synthetic Organic Chemicals (SOC)(Pesticides)
      • Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids (TTHM/HAA5)
    • Ground Water Purchased
      • Acrylamide and Epichlorohydrin (A&E)
      • Ground Water Rule (GWR)
      • Lead and Copper Rule (LCR)
      • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level monitoring (MRDL)
      • Public Notice Rule (PN)
      • Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)
      • Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids (TTHM/HAA5)
    • Surface Water (SW) or Ground Water Under the Direct Influence of Surface Water (GU)
      • Acrylamide and Epichlorohydrin (A&E)
      • Arsenic Rule
      • Lead and Copper Rule (LCR)
      • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level monitoring (MRDL)
      • Nitrate - Nitrite (N/N)
      • Primary Inorganic Chemicals (PIOC)
      • Public Notice Rule (PN)
      • Regulated Volatile Organic Chemicals (RVOC)
      • Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)
      • Surface Water Treatment Rules (SWTR)
      • Synthetic Organic Chemicals (SOC)(Pesticides)
      • Total Organic Carbon (TOC) and Alkalinity
      • Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids (TTHM/HAA5)
    • Surface Water Purchased (SWP) or Ground Water Under the Direct Influence of Surface Water Purchased (GUP)
      • Acrylamide and Epichlorohydrin (A&E)
      • Lead and Copper Rule (LCR)
      • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level monitoring (MRDL)
      • Public Notice Rule (PN)
      • Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)
      • Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids (TTHM/HAA5)

Transient Non-Community Water System

  • Transient Non-Community Water System
    • Ground Water (GW)
      • Acrylamide and Epichlorohydrin (A&E)
      • Ground Water Rule (GWR)
      • Nitrate - Nitrite (N/N)
      • Public Notice Rule (PN)
      • Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)
    • Ground Water Purchased
      • Acrylamide and Epichlorohydrin (A&E)
      • Ground Water Rule (GWR)
      • Public Notice Rule (PN)
      • Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)
    • Surface Water (SW) or Ground Water Under the Direct Influence of Surface Water (GU)
      • Acrylamide and Epichlorohydrin (A&E)
      • Nitrate - Nitrite (N/N)
      • Public Notice Rule (PN)
      • Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)
    • Surface Water Purchased (SWP) or Ground Water Under the Direct Influence of Surface Water Purchased (GUP)
      • Acrylamide and Epichlorohydrin (A&E)
      • Public Notice Rule (PN)
      • Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)

Administrative Rules

Article 17—Public Water Supply Systems Rules

Chapter

Title

Related Links

33-17-01 Public Water Supply Systems in North Dakota NONE

Email and Phone Number List

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Last Name First Name E-Mail Address Program Phone
Abel Chuck cabel@nd.gov MF Drinking Water SRF 701.328.5207
Bartholomay Craig cbarthol@nd.gov MF Operator Training & Inspection 701.328.6626
Bergsagel Dave dbergsag@nd.gov MF Clean Water SRF 701.328.5212
Brown Barrett bjbrown@nd.gov MF Drinking Water 701.328.5209
Bruschwein David dbruschw@nd.gov MF Drinking Water SRF 701.328.5259
Carman Patty pcarman@nd.gov Municipal Facilities Division 701.328.5211
Feist Julie jffeist@nd.gov MF Operator Training & Inspection 701.328.6628
Fisher Shannon smfisher@nd.gov MF Drinking Water SRF 701.328.5220
Heinle Shawn swheinle@nd.gov MF Operator Training & Inspection 701.328.6627
Herreid Stacey sherreid@nd.gov MF Drinking Water 701.328.5287
Lamphear Tammy tmlamphear@nd.gov MF Drinking Water 701.328.5295
Lydon Rondal (Joe) rLydon@nd.gov MF Drinking Water 701.328.5221
Markhouse Robert rmarkhou@nd.gov MF Operator Training & Inspection 701.328.6623
Nafie Talha tNafie@nd.gov MF Clean Water SRF 701.328.5278
Schafer Jacob jrschafer@nd.gov MF Operator Training & Inspection 701.328.6375
Schmitt Bryan brschmitt@nd.gov MF Drinking Water SRF 701.328.5299
Seerup Josh jSeerup@nd.gov MF Drinking Water 701.328.5257
Stewart Gregg gstewart@nd.gov MF Operator Training & Inspection 701.328.6621
Stoppler Sharmaine sstopple@nd.gov MF Clean Water SRF 701.328.5238
Tillotson LeeAnn ltillots@nd.gov MF Drinking Water 701.328.5293
Tokach-Duran Elizabeth etokachduran@nd.gov MF Clean Water SRF 701.328.5256
Trythall Mike mtrythal@nd.gov MF Drinking Water 701.328.5269
Walsh Jeni jwalsh@nd.gov MF Drinking Water 701.328.5231
Wavra Greg gwavra@nd.gov MF Drinking Water 701.328.5224
Wellman Aaron adwellman@nd.gov MF Drinking Water SRF 701.328.5284
Woldeyes Henok hWoldeyes@nd.gov MF Drinking Water SRF 701.328.5276