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The mission of the Safe Drinking Water Branch of the Department of
Health is to safeguard public health by protecting Hawaii's drinking
water sources (surface water and groundwater) from contamination and
assure that owners and operators of public water systems provide safe
drinking water to the community. This mission is accomplished through
the administration of the Safe Drinking Water Program, Underground
Injection Control Program (UIC), Groundwater Protection Program (GWPP),
and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).
- To assure that the Safe Drinking Water Branch has the statutory,
fiscal and personnel resources to accomplish its mission.
- Identify and follow all applicable laws, regulations, policies,
commitments of the Federal, State and County governments.
- Assure that there are sufficient resources to protect and maintain
safe drinking water quality through the equitable division of labor,
proper job assignments, and through the pursuit of needed funding.
- Establish and administer Safe Drinking Water Branch personnel
policies and procedures in compliance with State Department of
Personnel Services procedures, State employee contract, Budget and
Finance, Executive Branch policies, federal EEO and Disability
requirements, and Department of Health personnel procedures.
- Assure that there is sufficient office, sample preparation area,
and storage space to accommodate all staff, equipment, and functions
required of the Safe Drinking Water Branch.
- Assure that all personnel are aware of all laws that directly
affect the fulfillment of safe drinking water requirements.
- Assure that all personnel are properly trained in appropriate areas
of the safe drinking water, related regulations, and working
- To provide engineering review and approval to new water sources,
system modifications, treatment proposals, and other public water
system activities requiring comment, review and approval.
- Assure that new and substantial modifications to public water
systems can deliver water of potable quality.
- Review and provide technical assistance to water purveyors and
- Review and approve plans, reports and specifications for new
sources, serving public water systems.
- Conduct special studies as necessary for the effective
administration and operation of the Drinking Water Program.
- Administer a State Revolving Fund for public water system
- Implement the Lead and Copper program.
- To review public water system performance and to achieve compliance
by those systems through technical assistance, formal enforcement, or
- Assure that all public water systems are in compliance with all
state and federal rules, regulations and requirements.
- Identify non-compliant public water systems and to assure required
violation response measures are taken.
- Issue public notice of all new contaminants in a public water
system as required under Chapter 340E, Section 340E-24, within 14 days
of determination that the results are reliable, or take appropriate
actin to establish reliable data.
- Revise and update state regulations to be in compliance with
Federal Drinking Water Requirements.
- Identify system problems through sanitary survey, monitoring
results or other means and work with systems to address these
- Issue enforcement actions as necessary.
- Evaluate engineering compliance proposals, track progress of
compliance projects, cite violations of compliance schedules or provide
extensions where appropriate.
- To monitor the State's public water systems and groundwater for
- Rule, Surface Water Treatment Rule, Phase I Volatile Organic
Chemical Rule, Phase II Synthetic Organic/Inorganic Chemical Rule, Lead
and Copper Rule, Phase V Synthetic Organic/Inorganic Chemical Rule, and
future rules, changes and additions as they occur.
- Coordinate statewide sampling between water systems, drinking water
neighbor island and Oahu staff, and State Laboratories Division to
assure samples meet prescribed holding times, and analyses can be
conducted in an efficient manner.
- Receive, evaluate, record, store and transmit data for all analyses
to assure proper Branch response to all analytical results.
- Monitor and sample drinking water of water purveyors who are on
- Maintain equipment in operating condition.
- Monitor groundwater sources to determine status of statewide
- To protect the quality of Hawaii's underground sources of drinking
water from chemical, physical, radioactive, and biological
contamination that could originate from injection well activity.
- Process permits and project reviews for new and renewal permits,
modifications, and abandonment of injection wells.
- Evaluate geologic logs of soil and rock, injectivity tests,
geologic maps, and groundwater quality profiles to determine the
viability of subsurface injection.
- Maintain inventory and database of all injection well files.
- Organize and conduct site inspections to verify the location and
performance of injection wells and to verify compliance with all
testing or well closure plans.
- Conduct site investigations to identify problems such as
unpermitted facilities and correction of deficiencies.
- Enforce Underground Injection Control rules and permit
- Serve the public by providing information and technical
Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, P.L. 92-523
Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1986, P.L. 99-339
Lead Contamination Control Act of 1988
Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996, P.L. 104-182
40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 35, 124, 141, 142, 144,
145, 146 and 148
Chapter 340E, Hawaii Revised Statutes
Chapter 340F, Hawaii Revised Statutes
Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 11, Chapter 19,
Emergency Plan for Safe Drinking Water
Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 11, Chapter 20, Public
Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 11, Chapter 21, Backflow
and Cross-Connection Control
Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 11, Chapter 23, Underground
Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 11, Chapter 23a, 12/21/2000 Amendment, Underground
Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 11, Chapter 25,
Certification of Operating Personnel in Water Treatment Plants
Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 11, Chapter 65,
Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund or Environmental State Revolving Fund
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Safe Drinking Water Branch
Environmental Management Division
Hawaii State Department of Health
919 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 308
Honolulu, HI 96814-4920
Safe Drinking Water Branch - Hilo
Hawaii District Health Office - Hilo
1582 Kamehameha Avenue
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: (808) 933-0401
Fax: (808) 933-0400
Last Update: 30 January 2012