The Role of Local Government in Water Quality Managementby Duane L. Georgeson, City of Los Angeles Dep of Water, & Power, Los Angeles, CA, USA,
Marjorie G. Shovlin, City of Los Angeles Dep of Water, & Power, Los Angeles, CA, USA,
Abstract: To meet the challenge of providing safe drinking water at a reasonable cost, local governments, together with water utilities, must do more than merely fund the implementation of state and federal regulations. They must be actively involved in drinking water regulation development, in communicating key water quality issues to the public, and in the management of hazardous materials for groundwater protection. This paper discusses the importance to the community of local governments' involvement in these activities and suggests means of effectively fulfilling these roles.
Subject Headings: Water quality | Quality control | Water pollution | Water policy | Water supply | Local government | Public health and safety | Drinking water
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