Putting Drinking Water First

“Putting Drinking Water First” means stopping threats to drinking water where they start.

Clean Water Action is working to win strong water pollution controls  by focusing on public health and drinking water impacts and bringing public health and environmental advocacy into Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) implementation.

Protecting Sources of Drinking Water

Clean Water Action is a founding member of the Source Water Collaborative. The Collaborative is 26 organizations who have come together to protect America’s drinking water at the source – in the lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers we tap for drinking purposes.

Source Water Stewardship

Source Water Stewardship: A Guide to Protecting and Restoring Your Drinking Water: Published in 2003, the Guide contains useful background on drinking water source protection.

Pouring water from a pitcher into a glass. Photo credit: successo images / Shutterstock

Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Basics

The Safe Drinking Water Act first passed the U.S. Congress in 1974. It was reauthorized and amended in 1986 and 1996.

Now is the Time to Reduce Lead Exposure - the Environmental Law Institute Journal

Increased concern about lead in drinking water in the wake of the crisis in Flint, Michigan, offers society the opportunity to reduce

lead exposure at the tap.

From We All Live Downstream

2014 Highland Park Flooding  Joe Gall  Camera Jesus.png
May 16, 2022

Right now, the majority of the country has no plan in place for storm related toxic chemical leaks. Improperly managed storage facilities can devastate a community’s drinking water.

Clean Water Action: Girl drinking water from a faucet juxtaposed with polluted water sign
May 13, 2022

This year, we’re celebrating Clean Water Action’s 50th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act - our nation’s bedrock environmental law passed in 1972 with the help of our founder David Zwick. This law ensures that our rivers, streams, lakes and other surface waters are protected.

Celebrating Earth Day 2022
April 22, 2022

This Earth Day, take a moment to make your voice heard! Earth Day can be overwhelming. There is no shortage of troubling information about increasing climate change, and what that means for our communities and our health.