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Public Drinking Water Systems in Florida

Contact the Water Programs

  •  850-245-4240



    Mailing Address

    Bureau of Environmental Health, Water Programs 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-08 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1710 

Construction and operation of all public water systems in Florida

The Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is administered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA has delegated this responsibility to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection who has in turn entered into an agreement with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). Under this agreement, the Public Drinking Water Systems Program is responsible for the implementation of the SDWA program within eight of the largest counties in Florida (Broward, Hillsborough, Lee, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Polk, Sarasota, and Volusia). In these eight counties, the program is responsible for the construction and operation of all public water systems that provide piped water to 15 or more services connections, or serve 25 or more people for 60 days or more per year.

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I live in a house served by a public water system and have a concern with the water.  Whom do I contact?

We recommend that you first contact your public water utility.  If that does not address the problem, contact the appropriate regulatory agency.  For most counties in Florida, oversight of Public Water Systems is the responsibility of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) through their district offices.  

However, the DOH and DEP have an agreement that gives the DOH responsibility in eight counties. ​ if you live in Broward, Dade, Polk​, Hillsborough, Sarasota, Lee, Palm Beach, or Volusia​ County, you should contact your local DOH office.