PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State environmental officials say they have streamlined the regulatory oversight of companies in South Dakota that produce bottled drinking water.

Earlier this year, Governor Dennis Daugaard transferred the regulation of bottled drinking water from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The DENR says it has repealed state rules and adopted new ones that simply reference to pertinent federal regulations for the production of bottled drinking water.

DENR Secretary Steve Pirner says the changes make the oversight of water bottlers more efficient because they only have set of rules to follow. He adds that having the federal regulations in place "will still ensure bottled drinking water is safe."

The revisions go into effect in January. Nine companies bottle drinking water in South Dakota.

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