Focus On Water
Drinking Water - Monitoring & Compliance

About Monitoring & Compliance

The Monitoring & Compliance section ensures that public water systems comply with the Nebraska Safe Drinking Water Act, which is derived from the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, that sets safe standards for contaminants in drinking water. This includes over 1,300 public water systems in Nebraska, serving approximately 80% of the people in the state. Monitoring & Compliance ensures compliance with requirements for over 90 potential drinking water contaminants. When necessary, this section provides guidance and issues enforcement actions to help a system return to compliance. Below is a group list of contaminants that are monitored:
  • Nitrate - fertilizers
  • Coliform bacteria (including E.coli) - bacteria
  • Lead and Copper – service lines/plumbing
  • Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) – chemicals used in manufacturing
  • Synthetic Organic Chemicals (SOCs) – pesticides and herbicides
  • Inorganic Chemicals - naturally occurring contaminants in Nebraska’s geologic formation
  • Disinfection byproducts (DBPs) – systems that disinfect
  • Radionuclides – naturally occurring radiologic decay from Nebraska’s geologic formation
  • Surface Water Treatment – systems that use lakes or rivers as their primary water supply

A program specialist is assigned to each of four regions within the state. Please contact your regional compliance officer if you need regulatory assistance. See the map below for the contact information in your area.

Contact the program manager


Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy
PO Box 98922
Lincoln, NE 68509-8922