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Electronic Compendium of Selected Environmental Standards

Drinking Water Standards

Ground Water Quality Standards

Surface Water Quality Standards

Soil Remediation Standards

List of Constituents with at least one Standard

Toxicity Factors Used to Develop Human Health Basis for DEP Standards

This is an electronic compendium of standards for water and soil that are promulgated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Included are Surface Water Quality Standards, N.J.A.C. 7:9B; Ground Water Quality Standards, N.J.A.C. 7:9C; Drinking Water Quality Standards, N.J.A.C. 7:10; and soil remediation standards from the Remediation Standards, N.J.A.C. 7:26D.

This compendium includes the standards and information about the basis for the standards contained in the above referenced rules. Please refer to the applicable rules for the official information about the standards currently in effect and how they are administered by the Department. Information on obtaining official versions of Department rules is available on the Department’s Web site at

The constituents are listed in alphabetical order. To see all of the standards for a specific constituent, select the first letter of the constituent name to see a list beginning with that letter.

Drinking Water Standards
Drinking water standards are developed by both the Federal and State governments. The standards are set for biological contaminants, dissolved chemicals and suspended particulate matter and are based on those levels necessary to protect public health as well as analytical and treatment limitations. These contaminants are naturally occurring, the result of industrial and/or domestic pollution.

List of Drinking Water Standards

For more information please visit the Division of Water Supply and Geoscience web site.

Ground Water Quality Standards
The Ground Water Quality Standards (GWQS), N.J.A.C 7:9C, establish the designated uses of the State's ground waters and specify the water quality (criteria) necessary to attain those designated uses. The ground water quality criteria are numerical values assigned to each constituent (pollutant) discharged to ground waters of the State. The GWQS also contain technical and general policies to ensure that the designated uses can be adequately protected. Ground water is classified according to its hydrogeologic characteristics and designated uses.

List of Ground Water Quality Standards

For more information on Ground Water Quality Standards, please visit the Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards web site.

Surface Water Quality Standards
The Surface Water Quality Standards (SWQS), N.J.A.C. 7:9B, establish designated uses
for waters of the State, classify streams based on uses, designate antidegradation categories, and develop water quality criteria to protect those uses. Designated uses include drinking water supply, fish consumption, shellfish resources, propagation of fish and wildlife, recreation, and agricultural and industrial water supplies. In addition, the SWQS specify general, technical, and interstate policies, and policies pertaining to the establishment of water quality-based effluent limitations.

List of Surface Water Quality Standards

For more information on Surface Water Quality Standards, please visit the Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards web site.

Soil Remediation Standards
The soil remediation standards, codified in the Remediation Standards rules at N.J.A.C. 7:26D establish the minimum residential direct contact and non-residential direct contact soil remediation standards.

These rules do not establish the minimum impact to ground water soil remediation standards; these standards are developed by the Department on a site-by-site basis, pursuant to the Department’s authority under N.J.S.A. 58:10B-12a.

List of Soil Remediation Standards

For more information on Soil Remediation Standards, please visit the Site Remediation’s web site for remediation standards guidance at and a copy of the rules at Remediation Standards Rules.

Division of Science, Research and Environmental Health
Dr. Gary A. Buchanan, Director
Mailing Address:
Mail code 428-01, P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625

Phone: (609) 984-6070
Fax: (609) 292-7340