EPA's Region 6 Office
Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations
The Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program is authorized by the Safe Drinking Water Act. The UIC Program works with state and local governments to oversee underground injection of waste in order to prevent contamination of drinking water resources.
The Ground Water Center was established in November 1996 to provide technical assistance to Region 6 programs, states, tribes, and other federal and local agencies in support of ground water protection activities. The Center works in partnership in addressing technical concerns and in this way may augment limited resources at the state and local level. Coordination is maintained with EPA Region 6 in-house programs and with respective state and tribal ground water/source water protection programs to facilitate the exchange of information and the Center's provision of technical assistance. The Center also provides technical assistance to selected communities in partnership with the state or tribe.
A Sole Source Aquifer (SSA) is an aquifer designated by EPA as the "sole or principal source" of drinking water for a given service area. The EPA has authority to prevent federal financial assistance for projects which might contaminate a sole source aquifer.
RESOURCES & TOOLS FOR GROUND WATER PROTECTION
Ground Water &
Drinking Water Homepage
EPA's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water protects public health and the environment by setting standards for drinking water contaminants and protecting sources of drinking water.
Citizen's Guide to Ground Water Protection
This guide is intended to help citizens take an active and positive role in protecting their community's ground-water supplies.