Title 12, Chapter 5, Section 172
As used in this part, the term:
(1) "Administrator" means the administrator of the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency.
(2) "Contaminant" means any physical, chemical, biological, or
radiological substance or matter in water.
(3) "Cross-connection" means any physical arrangement whereby a
public water supply is or may be connected directly or indirectly
with a nonpotable water supply or unapproved water-supply system,
sewer, drain, conduit, pool, storage reservoir, plumbing fixture,
or other device which contains or may contain contaminated water,
liquid, gases, sewerage, or other waste of unknown or unsafe
quality, which may be capable of imparting contamination to the
public water supply as the results of backflow, bypass
arrangements, jumper connections, removable sections, swivel or
changeover devices, and other temporary, permanent, or potential
connections through which or because of which backflow or
backsiphonage could or would occur.
(4) "Director" means the director of the Environmental Protection
Division, or his designee.
(5) "Division" means the Environmental Protection Division of the
Department of Natural Resources.
(6) "Federal act" means the Safe Drinking Water Act, P.L. 93-523.
(7) "Georgia primary drinking water regulation" means a regulation
(A) Applies to public water systems;
(B) Specifies contaminants which, in the judgment of the
director, may have any adverse effect on the health of persons;
(C) Specifies for each contaminant either a maximum contaminant
level in public water systems if, in the judgment of the
director, it is economically and technologically feasible to
ascertain the level of such contaminant in such systems, or if,
in the judgment of the director, it is not economically or
technologically feasible to ascertain the level of such
contaminant, each treatment technique known to the director
which leads to a reduction in the level of such contaminant
sufficient to satisfy the requirements of 42 U.S.C. Section
(D) Contains criteria and procedures to assure a supply of
drinking water which dependably complies with such maximum
contaminant levels, including quality control and testing
procedures to ensure compliance with such levels and to ensure
proper operation and maintenance of the system, and requirements
as to the minimum quality of water which may be taken into the
system and siting for new facilities for public water systems.
(8) "Municipality" means a city, town, or other public body
created by or pursuant to state law.
(9) "National primary drinking water regulations" means primary
drinking water regulations promulgated by the administrator
pursuant to the federal act.
(10) "Person" or "persons" means any individual, corporation,
company, association, partnership, county, municipality, state
agency, or other entity.
(11) "Public water system" means a system for the provision to the
public of piped water for human consumption, if such system has at
least 15 service connections or regularly serves at least 25
individuals. Such term includes but is not limited to any
collection, treatment, storage, and distribution facilities under
the control of the operator of such system and used primarily in
connection with such system, and any collection or pretreatment
storage facilities not under such control which are used primarily
in connection with such system.
(12) "Secondary drinking water regulation" means a regulation
which applies to public water systems and which specifies the
maximum contaminant levels which, in the judgment of the director
or administrator, are requisite to protect the public welfare.
Such regulations may apply to any contaminant in drinking water
which may adversely affect the odor or appearance of such water
and consequently may cause a substantial number of the persons
served by the public water system providing such water to
discontinue its use, or which may otherwise adversely affect the
(13) "Waters of the state" means and includes any and all rivers,
streams, creeks, branches, lakes, reservoirs, ponds, drainage
systems, springs, wells, and all other bodies of surface or
underground water, natural or artificial, of this state.