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Frequent Questions

What are the features of DRINK?

Drink Logo DRINK is a central source for identifying drinking water projects planned or conducted worldwide. It is user-friendly and easily searchable using web browser software. Becoming a DRINK partner involves no subscription fee or maintenance cost because the DRINK system is located and maintained on EPA’s web server. DRINK also provides links to scientific journals and regulatory organization’s web sites which allow the user access to additional information if needed.


What kind of data is housed in the DRINK system?

DRINK houses data from EPA’s ORD tracking system, the Environmental Information Management System (EIMS) and from academic, industry and other government agencies. The DRINK system stores, manages, and delivers descriptive summary data on drinking water-related projects, including abstracts, status of projects, URLs to datasets and reports, and contact information on projects. DRINK ensures the integrity of the information by equipping the DRINK system with security measures that grant partners sole access rights to edit or update the information they provide.


How does the DRINK system receive and update data?

Partner organizations automatically extract, send and update data from their relational databases to the DRINK database using a web-based, Document Type Definition (DTD) –driven data exchange system. This process allows partners to upload and update their data without modifying their systems to meet DRINK’s data format. The tool currently being used for this task is the Staged Electronic Data Delivery (SEDD) System originally developed for EPA’s Office of Emergency and Remedial Response (OERR).


Will DRINK be modified in the future?

DRINK will be modified to produce automated graphical reports. One report will display schedules to enable EPA to quickly determine which projects are complete in time for use in rule development/implementation and other decision making. Other reports will display information on gaps in current projects, thus allowing EPA to determine which research needs have insufficient research in progress. This modification will enhance and facilitate communication among the research community, encourage coordination of efforts and accelerate the progress of drinking water research.

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