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What's New?

  • DWP Cybersecurity Webpage is Live:  The Drinking Water Program believes that public water system adoption of cybersecurity best practices is critical to safeguarding drinking water supplies. DWP supports public water systems in taking action to enhance and maintain the digital security of Maine’s public drinking water infrastructure. For more information about DWP’s Cybersecurity Plan and program, please visit the Public Water System Cybersecurity and Resilience page of this website.
  • New Federal PFAS Standards:  The National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for six PFAS was announced by the EPA on April 10, 2024.  Click here to learn more about the EPA standards.  The interim Maine standard of 20 ppt for six PFAS compounds (alone or in combination) is still in effect as Maine reviews the new regulation and considers adopting rules that are at least as stringent.
    Other Recent PFAS Updates:
    • Grants to Help Address PFAS Contamination:  The Drinking Water Program has developed grants intended to help public water systems study or address PFAS contamination issues.  Click here to learn more.
    • Required Testing in Maine:  All Community public water systems and Non-Transient, Non-Community schools and daycares are required to sample finished water for PFAS. An interim standard of 20 ppt for six PFAS chemicals (alone or in combination) is in effect. More information on PFAS in Maine can be found on the DWP's PFAS webpage.
  • Lead & Copper Rule Revision/Lead Service Line Inventories:  All Community and Non-transient, Non-community (NTNC) public water systems must develop and submit a comprehensive and accurate inventory of every service line in their distribution system, regardless of whether any lead is present. Inventories must be completed by October 16, 2024. Lead Service Line Inventory templates are now available for download. The DWP encourages all applicable PWS to begin work on their Service Line Inventories as soon as possible. Click here to learn more and start your inventory process.
  • Child Care Programs FREE Lead Water Testing Available:  Testing for lead in child care drinking water is crucial in protecting children from the many negative effects of lead. To request your FREE lead testing kits and for more information, please visit the Testing for Lead in Child Care Drinking Water page of this website.
  • Public Water Systems can now view a report of all 2024 compliance samples received and processed to-date by the Drinking Water Program. The reports are updated every weekday. To view samples received for the 2023 compliance year, click here.
  • Updated 7/11/2024