Standard Article

1962 U.S. Public Health Service Standards

Municipal Water Supply

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047147844X.mw2206

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How to Cite

2005. 1962 U.S. Public Health Service Standards. Water Encyclopedia. 1:292–297.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


Domestic water supplies should protect the health and promote the well-being of individuals and the community. In this report on the revision of the 1946 edition of the USPHS drinking water standards, the objective of the committee is to recommend minimum requirements for reaching these goals. The USPHS drinking water standards were first adopted in 1914 to protect the health of the traveling public. The general and widespread use of these standards since that time has led to a series of revisions that have been applicable to water supplies generally. The development of atomic energy and other technological advances require that these standards again be revised. To carry out this revision, the chief sanitary engineer of USPHS appointed the undersigned advisory committee. A technical subcommittee of USPHS officers and a toxicological task force were established to collect information and prepare suggestions for the consideration of the advisory committee.


  • drinking water standards;
  • limits;
  • toxic potential;
  • bacteriological quality;
  • radioactivity;
  • fluoride control limits;
  • analytical methods