Safe Drinking Water Program

Safe Drinking Water Program

The Safe Drinking Water Program accomplishes this objective by the activities listed below. 

  • Monitoring: Collection, analysis and review of bacteriological and chemical samples to ensure compliance with maximum contaminant levels, treatment technique requirements, monitoring and analytical requirements.
  • Inspections: Sanitary surveys and site inspections are conducted to evaluate the capability of a drinking water system to consistently and reliably deliver an adequate quality and quantity of safe drinking water to the consumer and to ensure compliance with state and federal drinking water regulations.
  • Engineering Plan Review: Conducts reviews of and issues permits for new construction and modification of public water systems including the source, treatment, storage and distribution facilities to ensure the quality and protection of drinking water.

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Program Highlights

Louisiana Drinking Water Watch

PWS Monitoring Plan Portal

Bacteriological Sample Collection and Truck Routes

Water System Design, Operation and Maintenance Committee

Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund

 Private water well testing

Water Rules & Regulations


Safe Drinking Water Fee (Act 605 of 2016)Beginning January 1, 2017, the Safe Drinking Water Program will reinstate the bacteriological sample collection program for all public water systems statewide.  Additionally, the Safe Drinking Water Program will begin to collect and analyze the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) and haloacetic acids (HAA5) samples for water systems statewide.

News and Events

Safe Drinking Water Program Reporting

Act 263 Interim Reports - Act 263 of 2017 Regular Legislative Session, tasked LDH to evaluate the issues and conditions of drinking water treatment and distribution through the evaluation of sanitary survey results for each water utility system by 2020.

2019 Annual Compliance Report (ACR) - This annual compliance report is a summary of water systems receiving water regulation violations in 2019. (2013 ACR), (2014 ACR), (2015 ACR), (2016 ACR), (2017 ACR), (2018 ACR)

2019 Drinking Water Disinfection Annual Report - This annual report provides information on compliance with the minimum disinfection rule.

Contact us for Safe Drinking Water ConcernsLDH/OPH Engineering Services
P.O. Box 4489
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4489
Phone: 225-342-7499