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Public Water Supply Section

Purpose of the Section

The Public Water Supply Section of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Bureau of Water is charged with regulating all public water supply systems in the state to ensure safe drinking water. The section oversees more than 1,000 public water supply systems including municipalities, rural water districts, and privately owned systems. These systems may serve small communities of several families or cities of more than 300,000 persons.

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

In 2016 the EPA established drinking water Health Advisories for Per-and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) that include PFOA and PFOS. These chemicals are not currently regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act and do not have established maximum contaminant levels. Therefore, public water supply systems are not required to monitor for these chemicals. The EPA continues to support state and tribal efforts to address PFAS through collection and analysis of available data, and information sharing with the public. If you would like to learn more about PFAS please visit the EPA website at the following link:

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is also taking steps to address PFAS in drinking water through a joint investigation conducted by the Bureau of Environmental Remediation and the Bureau of Water. This investigation includes development of a statewide inventory and prioritization of potential PFAS sources. This information will be used to develop a public water supply monitoring program. The inventory report is available here.


BOW - Public Water Supply (PWS)