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Safe Drinking Water Program

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About the Program

Treatment Plant Inspection
Guam EPA Safe Drinking Water Engineer Lito D. Buan inspects a baffle chamber at Fena Treatment Plant (U.S. Navy System).
Water Pressure Survey
SDW Program Environmental Inspector Wilfredo Comoda conducts a water pressure survey.
The Safe Drinking Water Program's main goals are to undertake planning activities, develop, implement and enforce Guam's Primary and Secondary Safe Drinking Water Regulations, as authorized by the Guam Safe Drinking Water Act (10 GCA Chapter 53) and the 1986 and 1996 Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended. In addition, the Water and Wastewater Operator's Mandatory Certification Act (10 GCA Chapter 52) is implemented through a territorial testing program. The Guam Lead Ban Act, which prohibits the use of lead in plumbing fixtures. The implementation of the regulations ensures the protection of Guam's drinking water and the conservation of island water resources.

The program's primary goal is to ensure that potable water on Guam meets local and national standards. The Guam Lead Ban Act is implemented and enforced to minimize the public's exposure to lead contamination attributed to plumbing materials, fittings and fixtures. The mandatory operators certification program ensures that all operators who supervise water and wastewater utilities are qualified and adequately trained to operate the system in a manner that ensures the systems meet criteria for safety and quality.

Guam EPA's Safe Drinking Water Program has primary enforcement responsibility (primacy) under the Public Health Service Act, as amended by Title XIV, Safety of Public Water Systems (42 U.S.C. §300f et seq. and Safe Drinking Water Amendments of 1977). The primacy is being renewed through adoption of regulations promulgated under the 1986 and 1996 amendments to the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Public Water Supply Systems (PWSS) on Guam are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Program through an Operating Permit issued by the Program. There are currently eleven (11) permited Public Water Supply Systems on Guam. Three of these systems are operated by the Guam Waterworks Authority, two by the Department of Defense (Air Force and Navy systems), two by Ultimate Beach, Inc., and one each by Foremost Foods, Cocos Island Resort, and Earth Tech, Inc.


Program-Related Regulations

The following regulations are administered by the Safe Drinking Water Program. In addition, the Program is responsible for implementing the Guam Primary and Secondary Safe Drinking Water Standards, which are currently under revision to include requirements mandated in the 1986 and 1996 amendments to the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act. For more information on the program's statutory authority, please consult 10 Guam Code Annotated, Chapter 53 (Guam Safe Drinking Water Act), Chapter 52 (Water and Wastewater Operator's Mandatory Certification Act), and Chapter 53A (Guam Lead Ban Act) in the Regulations section of this site.



Program Staff and Contact Information

Angel B. Marquez
Program Director
475-1638
Overall Program Management, Implementation and Enforcement of GPDWR and GSDWR, Evaluation of Water Qulaity Data, Preparation of Reports for U.S. EPA
Lito D. Buan
Engineer II
475-1639
Revision of GPDWR to Adopt New Regulations, Enforcement of Mandatory Operator Certification Regulations through examinations and certificate renewals, Coordination of Operator Training, Annual Assessment of Water Quality and Compliance of PWSS, Monitor PWSS Laboratory to Ensure Compliance with Certification Requirements
Jerry Aquino
Engineer
475-1642
Implementation of the Comprehensive Evaluation of All Water Supply Systems, Implementation of the Lead Ban Act, Inspections, Preparation of Technical Reports
Maria C. Ventura
Engineer
475-1642
Implementation of the Comprehensive Evaluation of All Water Supply Systems, Implementation of the Lead Ban Act, Inspections, Preparation of Technical Reports
Wilfredo Comoda
Environmental Inspector
475-1640 Water Quality Complaints, Sanitary Survey Field Work, Lead Ban Act Enforcement


Additional Information

The sites below contain additional information about Safe Drinking Water Program issues (sites will open in a new window).

  • U.S. EPA's Drinking Water and Health: What You Need To Know
  • Federal Safe Drinking Water Act
  • U.S. EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water



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Last update: 11 October 2003

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