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For Immediate Release
May 8, 2017

Melissa Lindell, Communications and Legislative Services, (402)471-4047 or 

DHHS Hearing on Laboratory Certification and Agreement Requirements for Testing Drinking Water on May 15

Lincoln—The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services will hold a public hearing May 15 on proposed changes to regulations related to public water systems.

The purpose of this hearing is to receive comments on proposed changes to Nebraska Administrative Code Title 179 that govern Laboratory Certification and Agreement Requirements for testing drinking water, bringing the regulations into compliance with changes made to the Nebraska Safe Drinking Water Act in 2016.  In addition to the DHHS Division of Public Health Environmental Health Laboratory, analytical laboratories in and outside of Nebraska will now be able to conduct compliance drinking water laboratory testing for Nebraska public water systems.

The hearing will be held on Monday, May 15, at 3:00 p.m. CDT, at the Nebraska State Office Building in Lincoln, 301 Centennial Mall South, lower level conference room A.

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments or to attend and comment at the hearing. Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CDT the day of the hearing, and should be emailed to, faxed to 402-742-2382, or sent to DHHS Legal Services, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026. The draft regulations can be found at