Celebrating 50 Years of the Safe Drinking Water Act

Celebrating 50 Years of Safe Drinking Water Act


The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was signed into law on December 16, 1974, which makes 2024 the 50th anniversary of the original statute. In honor of 50 years since the passing of the Safe Drinking Water Act, AWWA is excited to celebrate the successes of the sector and water professionals whose nonstop efforts have kept our water safe and reliable.    

Join us in recognizing the Safe Drinking Water Act’s 50th anniversary by leveraging the available news and information provided here.

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Safe Drinking Water Act Timeline and Milestones



Over the past 50 years, water professionals have played a significant role in ensuring that we have safe and reliable drinking water. We asked AWWA members to share insight on what the 50th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act means to them.

Read and watch their testimonials below.

The thing I like about the Safe Drinking Water Act is it brought about a certain level of accountability for the treatment of this most precious resource which defends the health of people.


Donnell DuncanAssociate Vice President, Arcadis

I put the Safe Drinking Water Act in a continuum of steps on drinking water that have done more for public health than any other single set of steps in human history.


George HawkinsFounder and CEO, Moonshot Missions

Just the fact that I don’t have to worry about it says an immense huge props, to the whole industry to our representatives and legislators.


Annie StoreyExecutive Director, Illinois Section AWWA

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Thank you to the sponsors helping us celebrate this Safe Drinking Water Act anniversary.