&  EPA
       Background
         Purpoj
        Operator
        Staffing
  Hours of Operation
  Telephone Number
                              United States
                              Environmental Protection
                              Agency
                           Office of Water
                           (WH-550A)
                           Washington, DC 20460
February 1993
812/F-93/001
  Safe  Drinking  Water  *
  Hotline                               )(*""
                                              F-A.C.T.S.H.E.E-T
                      1-800-426-4791

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Safe Drinking
  Water Hotline is available to help the regulated community, State and
  local officials, and the public understand the regulations and programs
  developed in response to the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of
  1986.

  The Hotline can provide callers with information  about EPA's drinking
  water regulations, guidance, and public education materials.
  Specifically, the Hotline staff can:

   Clarify drinking water regulations and provide appropriate Federal
   Register and Code of Federal Regulation citations, and explain EPA's
   policies and guidelines
  Provide updates on the status of drinking water regulations and
   policies
  Provide information on the availability of technical publications
   guidance documents, and regulations regarding drinking water and
   ground water
  Provide information on the availability of public information
   materials such as brochures and pamphlets regarding drinking water
   and ground water
  Provide Federal, State, and local contacts for specific information on
   local drinking water conditions, bottled water, home water treatment
   units, and ground water protection. (The Hotline, however, cannot
   discuss manufacturers or recommend brandname water treatment
   units.)
  Provide State contacts for EPA-certified labs that test drinking water
   The State Lab Certification Officer can then provide callers with
   certified labs in their area.

 The Hotline is operated by LABAT-ANDERSON Incorporated under
 contract to EPA's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.

 The Information Specialists have expert knowledge of EPA's drinking
 water regulations and policies, gained through a comprehensive
 training program and daily interaction with the Office of Ground Water
 and Drinking Water.

The Safe Drinking Water Hotline operates Monday through  Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., ET, excluding Federal holidays.

Callers within the United States and Canada may reach the Safe
Drinking Water Hotline by dialing 1-800-426-4791.
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