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Tribal Governments Role in Safe Drinking Water on Tribal Lands

Utility Owner Responsibilities

Tribal governments oversee water system utilities or utility boards. Members of tribal governments play a role in ensuring that their public water systems comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

For more information on roles and responsibilities please refer to Water System Owner Roles and Responsibilities: Best Practices Guide (PDF)(2 pp, 166 K, About PDF)