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Alaska Drinking Water Permit (6-AK-c)

Alaska's drinking water program is monitored under the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The type of permit required depends on the circumstances of providing drinking water. An industrial treatment and disposal facility will have a different permit application than a temporary camp.

See Drinking Water Program Webpage.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Health, Drinking Water Program requires Public Water Systems (PWS) to be in compliance with the state drinking water regulations, in accordance with the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act and Amendments, for the public health protection of the residents and visitors to the State of Alaska.


A Public Water System (PWS) supplies water to consumers and is NOT a private water system. There are different categories of PWS that supply water to consumers. Each category of systems has its own set of requirements that a PWS must meet.

Community water system (CWS)

  • expects to serve, year round, at least 25 individuals; or
  • expects to serve, year round, at least 15 residential service connections

Non-Transient Non Community Water System (NTNCWS)

  • regularly serves the same 25 or more individuals for at least 6 months of the year

Transient Non Community Water System (TNCWS) is not a CWS or NTNCWS

  • regularly serves at least 25 individuals each day for at least 60 days of the year

Class C public water system Is not a CWS, NTNCWS or TNCWS system and is not a private well or a duplex


The drinking water regulations set the standards for safe drinking water, and they identify the regulated drinking water contaminants and the level of those contaminants allowed in the water. These contaminants could be harmful for those who drink the water, especially the elderly, children, or individuals with developing or compromised immune systems or that have immune deficiencies.

Generally, the following are regulated:

  • Bacteria, Viruses (from septic systems, etc) and parasitic protozoans
  • Lead and Copper
  • Nitrate and Nitrite (commonly from septic systems and manure piles)
  • Heavy Metals like Arsenic and Cadmium
  • Volatile Organic Contaminants (VOC) like Benzene and gasoline
  • Synthetic Organic Contaminants (SOC) like pesticides and herbicides


Consuming water containing contaminants above the established Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) set by the regulations over a period of time could cause chronic (long term) or acute (short term) health problems.


Consuming water containing contaminants above the established Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) set by the regulations over a period of time could cause chronic (long term) or acute (short term) health problems.


See Drinking Water Program Overview.

The contact numbers provided by the website are:

Drinking Water

Anchorage (907) 269-7656 Soldotna (907) 262-5210 Fairbanks (907) 451-2108 Wasilla (907) 376-1850

Juneau (907) 465-5350


Drinking Water Permit Process

6-AK-c.1 - Drinking Water Permit application

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation submittal requirements for engineering review of public water systems are posted online in the Engineering Review Checklists.

In addition to technical aspects of a drinking water system, new Community or Non-Transient Non-Community water systems must be able to demonstrate managerial, financial and technical capacity to operate in compliance with 40 CFR 141. The requirements for an application for a proposed public water system that is not a public utility (the most likely permit for a geographically isolated utility scale geothermal development) are contained in 18 AAC 80.207(d)(3). These capacity development requirements include:

  • documentation showing ownership and plans, if any, for transfer of that ownership on completion of construction or after a period of operation;
  • a description of the management structure of the proposed system, including the duties of each position. In providing this information, the owner may include bylaws ordinances, articles of incorporation, or procedures and policy manuals that describe the management organization structure;
  • a description of the proposed staffing, including training, experience, certification or licensing, and continuing education completed by the proposed system staff; and
  • an explanation of how the proposed system will establish and maintain effective communications and relationships between the public water system management, its customers, professional service providers and regulatory agencies.


6-AK-c.2 - Review of application

The department's goal is to approve or deny the water system within 30 days, but the timeline is affected by resources and the timing of the submittal. Submittals received during the busier construction season (typically the spring and summer) may take longer to review.


Once the application is approved, the department outlines any conditions in a construction approval letter and signs the construction portion of a construction and operation certificate for pubic water systems, sends a copy of the certificate to the owner of the public water system and assigns the water system an identification number. Final approval is given when the requirements outlined in the construction approval have been met.



6-AK-c.3 - Construction and Operation Certificate

A signed construction and operation certificate for public water systems does not relieve the owner of the public water system of the responsibility to:

  • construct, operate and maintain the system in compliance with 18 AAC 80
  • obtain a permit to appropriate water under AS 46.15
  • comply with other state law
  • refrain from serving the water until final quality testing is complete and an operational approval is granted by Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.




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Edit Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Drinking Water Permit Contact
907.269.7647
jamesabbazabbawise@alaskaabbazabbagov
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Edit Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
DEC DW Program Statewide Engineering Coordinator
907.269.7696
vanessaabbazabbawike@alaskaabbazabbagov
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