How to Conduct a Sanitary Survey of Drinking Water Systems
A sound sanitary survey program is an essential element of an effective primary enforcement
(primacy) agency Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) program. A sanitary survey provides a snapshot of the operating status of a public water system. Utilizing this information, staff can evaluate the status of a system. Well-executed and documented sanitary surveys are fundamental to helping the PWSS program ensure that a water system is providing safe drinking water and protecting public health.
The intent of this guide is to provide sanitary survey students with an additional resource they can reference in conjunction with their field guides, for use during field and classroom training, and during subsequent mentor-lead sanitary surveys.