How the Department of Environmental Quality protects Utah’s drinking water

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) The Department of Environmental Quality is doing its part to keep our water sources here in the state safe. Marie Owens and Erica Gaddis with the Division of Drinking Water, joined Emily Clark, to explain how they’re doing it.

The health department’s Water Quality Bureau ensures that the water we drink and use recreationally is safe for both us and the environment. They do this by regulating and inspecting drinking water systems and swimming pools and spas, as well as by protecting stormwater and our watershed.

Several canyon and mountain areas of Salt Lake County are protected watershed areas that supply the Salt Lake area with drinking water.

To help ensure a safe drinking water supply for us all, dogs are prohibited in protected watershed areas.

Service dogs, search and rescue dogs, and law enforcement dogs can get an exception to watershed prohibitions. These dog owners must properly dispose of any fecal matter.

For more information on safe drinking water, visit DEQ.Utah.Gov.

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