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Week of May 16, 2011

1) EPA Releases Searchable Website for Drinking Water Violations: Agency to host webinar to show how to use the public health data

2) EPA Releases Report Highlighting Role of State Revolving Funds in Implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

3) Office of Water Hosts Bilateral Engagement on U.S.-China Clean Water Action Plan


1) EPA Releases Searchable Website for Drinking Water Violations: Agency to host webinar to show how to use the public health data

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced improvements to the availability and usability of drinking water data in the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) tool. ECHO now allows the public to search to see whether drinking water in their community met the standards required under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which is designed to safeguard the nation's drinking water and protect people's health. SDWA requires states to report drinking water information periodically to EPA. ECHO also includes a new feature identifying drinking water systems that have had serious noncompliance.

The new Safe Drinking Water Act information on EPA's website provides:

  • Users with information about whether their drinking water has exceeded drinking water standards.
  • A serious violators report that lists all water suppliers with serious noncompliance.
  • EPA's 2009 National Public Water Systems Compliance Report, which is a national summary of compliance and enforcement at public drinking water systems.

EPA's enforcement goals for clean water include working with states and tribes to ensure clean drinking water for all communities and improving transparency by making facility compliance data available to the public. The release of drinking water violations data in ECHO advances these goals and creates additional incentives for government agencies to improve their reporting of drinking water violations and increase efforts to address those violations.

EPA will host a webinar demonstrating how to use the Safe Drinking Water Act violation information in ECHO on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 2 p.m. EDT. The demonstration will show users how to search for information about local water quality, how to compare data by state, and highlight other features of the tool.

Reserve webinar seat: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/787466401

Safe Drinking Water Act search page: http://www.epa-echo.gov/echo/compliance_report_sdwa.html

Enforcement and Compliance History Online tool: http://www.epa-echo.gov/echo/

2) EPA Releases Report Highlighting Role of State Revolving Funds in Implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

EPA has released a report highlighting the important role of the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) in implementing the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Together, the SRFs executed more than 3,200 assistance agreements worth more than $5.6 billion for clean water and drinking water projects. The report, titled "Implementation of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009---Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Programs," includes case studies that emphasize the role of ARRA in funding wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects that will contribute to long-term economic productivity, environmental sustainability, and public health protection, many of which would not have otherwise been funded.

To view a copy of the report, visit: http://water.epa.gov/aboutow/eparecovery/index.cfm

For additional information on the SRF programs, please visit the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program website, http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/cwf/cwsrf_index.cfm, and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program website, http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/dwsrf/index.cfm.

3) Office of Water Hosts Bilateral Engagement on U.S.-China Clean Water Action Plan

Recently, the Office of Water hosted the bilateral engagement on the U.S.-China Clean Water Action Plan, under the framework of the US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (S&ED), the third round of which was held on May 9-10 at the U.S. Department of State. The U.S. EPA-Chinese Ministry of Environment Protection (MEP) partnership realizes the collaboration between the two countries relating to the critical issue of water resource management. The Clean Water Action Plan aims to draw upon U.S. experiences in nutrient management and ecological restoration, and point to best management practices in lake environmental management and source water protection. The meeting resulted in stimulating exchanges with proposed areas of collaboration, including cross-provincial boundary water pollution tools, protocols for ensuring data reliability, public participation processes, TMDL instruments, as well as analyses of national targets, facility-specific limits, and national oversight issues.

More information is available on: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/05/162967.htm. For information about this announcement, email: koo-oshima.sasha@epa.gov

 


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