The following revised AWWA Policy Statement on Drinking Water Quality has been approved by the Technical and Educational Council for member comment. Comments on the policy statement will be reviewed by AWWA staff and forwarded to the Executive Committee if the comments are minor or referred back to the originating body if the comments are substantive. Policies forwarded to the Executive Committee will be reviewed for approval and final action. Drinking Water Quality The American Water Works Association (AWWA) believes that protecting public health by maintaining safe and sustainable drinking water supplies is of paramount importance. Accordingly, AWWA supports regular review of scientific research, ongoing education, and community engagement to facilitate timely and efficient utility planning and management of drinking water supplies from the source to the point of delivery. The AWWA is committed to protecting public health through delivery of drinking water that meets or surpasses all applicable regulatory standards, proactive community engagement, and education on maintaining drinking water quality to the tap. All water utilities should deliver drinking water that meets or surpasses all applicable regulatory standards. This objective is achieved most economically and effectively by using sources of the best quality available, applying appropriate treatment, and actively managing water quality during conveyance. In addition, in fulfilling this mission, water utilities should develop and implement operations and management programs that protect water sources, address potential water quality threats, and promote ongoing operator training. Routine water quality monitoring is also critical to effectively measure program performance, anticipate problems, gather data for both regulatory and consumer reporting, and prepare for future treatment modifications. Such modifications may be necessary in response to changes associated with new sources, existing source water quality, regulations, or consumer expectations. Practices specified in this policy statement are consistent with all other pertinent AWWA policy statements. Adopted by the Board of Directors Jan. 24, 1988, and revised Jan. 29, 1989, Jan. 23, 2000, and June 15, 2003, and Jan. 21, 2007. Revised June 9, 2013. Revised January 14, 2017. Submit Comments by December 13, 2019.