Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Data Center Description
The EPA's Office of Water has specific goals/objectives related to water and water quality.
Objective 1: By 2005, protect human health so that 95% of the population served by community water systems will receive water that meets health-based drinking water standards, consumption of contaminated fish and shellfish will be reduced, and exposure to microbial and other forms of contamination in waters used for recreation will be reduced.
Objective 2: By 2005, increase by 175 the number of watersheds where 80 percent or more of assessed waters meet water quality standards, including standards that support healthy aquatic communities. (The 1998 baseline is 501 watersheds out of a national total of 2,262.)
Objective 3: By 2005, reduce pollutant loadings from key point and nonpoint sources by at least 11% from 1992 levels. Air deposition of key pollutants will be reduced to 1990 levels.