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Public Water System Program

Pressure Filters.jpgEnsuring safe and potable drinking water supplies is a vital function of Plumas County Environmental Health.  This Environmental Health Department maintains state certification as the Local Primacy Agency (LPA) by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).   Environmental Health has authority over the operation and maintenance of non-community water systems such as resorts, campgrounds, and small water systems.  Combined, these systems serve drinking water to over twenty-two thousand residents and visitors to Plumas County each year.  
Through monitoring water quality parameters, providing assistance to businesses, issuing public notices, and addressing complaints, the Department of Environmental Health is able to ensure that small and large public water systems deliver safe, adequate, and dependable (potable) drinking water throughout Plumas County.


drinking_public_systems.gifA public water system is defined as a system for the provision of water for human consumption through pipes or other constructed conveyance that has 15 or more service connections or regularly serves at least 25 individuals daily for at least 60 days out of the year.                      

A Community Water System (CWS) supplies water to the same population year-round. It serves at least 25 people at their primary residences or at least 15 residences that are primary residences (for example, municipalities, mobile home park, sub-divisions).

Non-Community Water System is composed of transient and non-transient water systems.

Transient Non-Community Water System
(TNCWS)provides water to 25 or more people for at least 60 days/year, but not to the same people and not on a regular basis (for example, gas stations, campgrounds).

Non-transient Non-Community Water System
(NTNCWS) regularly supplies water to at least 25 of the same people at least six month per year, but not year-round (for example, schools, factories, office buildings, and hospitals which have their own water systems). 

* Information provided by Centers for Disease Control (CDC)



Bacteriological Sample Siting Plan (BSSP)

Water System Application

Domestic Water Supply Application Checklist

Water Quality Emergency Notification Plan (ENP)
Non-Public Water System Declaration

Non Community Public Water System Declaration

CCR Guidance for Water Suppliers

Electronic Annual Reporting System


As of January 1, 2014, Drinking Water Program has been transferred from CDPH to the State Water Resources Control Board and is now the Division of Drinking Water (DDW)

Certification that 2013 CCR was completed and provided to consumers needed to be submitted to the Local Primacy Agency (LPA) or DDW District Office by October 1, 2014.

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