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Drinking Water Requirements for States and Public Water Systems

Filter Backwash Recycling Rule Documents

The Filter Backwash Recycling Rule (FBRR) addresses a statutory requirement of the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Amendments to promulgate a regulation which "governs" the recycling of filter backwash water within the treatment process of public water systems PWSs.

The purpose of the FBRR is to require PWSs to review their recycle practices and, where appropriate, work with the state primacy agency to make any necessary changes to recycle practices that may compromise microbial control.

The materials found on this page are intended to assist public water systems affected by the FBRR comply with the regulation and in state implementation of the LT1ESWTR. 

For more information, please see the Surface Water Treatment Rules page.