Office of Water

Definition - What does Office of Water mean?

The Office of Water (OW) is a division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) responsible for ensuring drinking water meets regulatory standards and is safe for human consumption. In addition, the OW also restores and maintains oceans, natural watercourses and their aquatic ecosystem to protect human health and provide a healthy environment for fish, plant and wildlife.

Trenchlesspedia explains Office of Water

Headquartered in Washington D.C., the OW implements and enforces several regulatory acts including The Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Act; The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; The Ocean Dumping Ban Act; and The Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, among others.

The OW also consists of several sub-divisions that oversee various aspects of water and environmental quality. These are:

  • The Immediate Office of the Assistant Administrator for Water
  • The Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water
  • The Office of Science and Technology
  • The Office of Wastewater Management
  • The Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds
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