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Drinking Water Program

Water Resources is charged with general supervision over construction and operation of public water supplies including design, construction, and operation of public water works systems. Engineering reports and plan documents are submitted to the Water Resources for review and written approval obtained before construction is started. Water Resources is authorized to adopt and enforce rules and regulations governing the location, design, construction, continuous operation and maintenance of these facilities. It also conducts an enforcement program, which requires water suppliers to meet requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act with respect to water quality and information reporting. Drinking Water Program responsibilities include:

  • The certification program for laboratories and water suppliers desiring to conduct microbiological, organic, inorganic, and turbidity analyses of drinking water samples;
  • Conducting sanitary surveys of water supply systems for compliance and providing technical assistance to public water systems;
  • Conducting examinations of water supply system operators and certifying compliance with performance standards;
  • Conducting training courses for water supply operators for the purpose of assisting them in the understanding of changing regulations and technologies; and
  • Maintaining an accurate database of water supply information

Reports, Manuals and Lists

Commercial Laboratories

Consumer Confidence Report Checklist

Cross Connection Control Manual

Design Criteria for Community Water Systems

Local Drought Management Guidance

Manual for the Preparation of Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Reports

Microbiological Laboratories

Sanitary Survey Manual for Community and Non-Transient Non-Community Public Water Systems

Small Public Water System Operator's Guide

TDEC Drought Management Plan

Tennessee Healthy Well Manual

Tennessee Rural Water Needs Report

Forms and Applications


Application for Wellhead Protection Program Approval

Bacteriological Anaylsis Detail Form (CN-0800)

Disinfectant Monitoring Report (CN-1201)

Disinfection Byproducts Quarterly Report (CN-1197)

Fluoride Sampling Summary (CN-1258)

Individual Filter Exceedance Report (CN-1196)

Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule Filter Performance Report (CN-1200)

Monthly Microbiological Monitoring Report (CN-0780)

Monthly Operation Report (CN-0707)

Monthly Operation Report (MOR) - Non-Community Water Systems (CN-1199)

Plans Review and Approval for Public Water Systems

Synthetic Organic Compound (SOC) Monitoring Waiver Application (CN-1432)

Tennessee's Source Water Assessment

Total Organic Carbon (TOC) and Enhanced Coagulation Report (CN-1198)

Wellhead Protection Facts