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The mission of the Bureau of Safe Drinking Water is to protect the public health of the citizens, tourists and visitors to the State by assuring that the public water systems provide safe and reliable drinking water.

A public water system as defined in Nevada Revised Statute 445A.235 "means a system, regardless of ownership, that provides the public with water for human consumption through pipes or other constructed conveyances, if the system has 15 or more service connections, as defined in NRS 445A.843, or regularly serves 25 or more persons …".

NEWS and PROGRAM UPDATES:

April 2016 – Interest in drinking water system compliance is high. The Bureau of Safe Drinking Water reviews compliance data from about 580 public water systems based on State and Federal regulations. If a water system’s data exceeds a maximum contaminant level or an action level, we refer to that system as being non-compliant. Nevada currently has 23 systems that are non-compliant with health-based primary drinking water standards and 9 additional systems that are non-compliant with other secondary drinking water standards. This list is available here and will be updated quarterly.

Lead in Nevada’s Drinking Water - Updates & Frequently Asked Questions

March 2016 – The Goodsprings School water system, located in Clark County, provides water to a small elementary school and a community center in the small historic, lead mining community of Goodsprings. The water provided by the school has not shown any exceedances of the Action Level for lead (15 µg/l at the 90th Percentile). A sample from a drinking water fountain at the Community Center, a separate facility, collected in September 2015 showed a value of 19 µg/l. This resulted in a calculated 90th percentile of 16 µg/l for the water system, which is slightly above the regulated Action Level for Lead. The drinking water fountain has been shutoff while the elevated lead is investigated. For more information, call 775-684-2712.

February, 2016 – The issue of lead in drinking water gained a lot of national attention in early 2016. The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has developed a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page regarding lead and Nevada’s efforts to keeps our drinking water safe.

Specific water system information can also be accessed through the NDEP’s Drinking Water Watch website at https://ndwis.ndep.nv.gov/DWW/ (Please use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge). Your water system will be listed on your water bill. If you don’t get a water bill (i.e. you live in an apartment), ask your housing manager for that information. A table listing current lead compliance data is also available here.

Authority
NRS 445A.800
NRS 445A.955

Main Office:
901 South Stewart Street
Suite 4001
Carson City, Nevada 89701-5249
Phone (775) 687-9520
Fax (775) 687-5699

Las Vegas Office:
2030 East Flamingo Road
Suite 230
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Phone (702) 486-2850
Fax (702) 486-2863

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