Newsletter #177 for December 6, 2016
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EPA Releases Drinking Water Action Plan

Following promises to address gaps in drinking water safety, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a “Drinking Water Action Plan” on November 30. Aimed at “ensuring that all Americans have access to safe drinking water,” the plan contains six priorities that were developed with the input of state, local, and tribal governments, drinking water utilities, community groups, and environmental organizations. The priorities include:
  • building capacity for water infrastructure financing and management in disadvantaged, small, and environmental justice communities;
  • advancing oversight of the Safe Drinking Water Act;
  • strengthening source water protection and resilience of drinking water supplies;
  • addressing unregulated contaminants;
  • improving transparency, public education, and risk communication on drinking water safety; and,
  • reducing lead risks.
The full plan is available here
In tandem with EPA’s plan, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released an executive summary and recommendations for how science and technology could be used to address the increasing pressures on the nation’s drinking water systems. The report outlines actions that can be implemented now, as well as recommended future actions, including increased coordination of federal research and development on drinking water.
The executive summary and recommendations are available here.

Posts from

Developing and Implementing Tools for Small Systems to Evaluate and Select Appropriate Treatment Technologies
This post is a project update originally shared in our Technology News newsletter. 

Financial Accounting for Small Systems
Originally shared on, this post was originally developed by Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) and the National Environmental Services Center.

Emergency Planing Goes Digital
This blog post surveys tools provided by the EPA to water systems to plan for emergencies.

Websites Offer Conveniences for Utilities and Customers
A good way to educate the public about their water systems is to share key information through a website.

Free Webinar

Approaches to Technology Approval
Tuesday, December 13 at 1:00 p.m. Central
Hosted by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This webinar will outline two initiatives funded by the EPA to help develop and pilot technologies for small water systems. The first presentation will cover regulatory challenges to technology adoption and the second will introduce a decision tool for choosing technology to decrease risk and increase sustainability. program director Steve Wilson is speaking.

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Free Resource

An Overview of the Safe Drinking Water Act
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This 100-slide PowerPoint provides an introduction to the Safe Drinking Water Act. Besides describing the components of the SDWA, this presentation also covers its history. 

Click here to view.
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Featured Video: Protecting Distribution System Water Quality

This video from the Rural Assistance Community Partnership covers how to protect water quality within the distribution system from potential contamination.

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Reading Selections

Enforcement Concerns Trigger Worries for Nutrients Survey
EPA’s efforts to survey nutrient treatment information from plants has operators concerned about potential for enforcement actions.

"Meet the New Lead and Copper Rule"
In this editorial, Water Online takes a closer look at EPA's recent white paper and potential changes to the Lead and Copper Rule. 

Drought Turning Drinking Water Light Brown in Parts of the South
Water shortages are drawing reservoirs down and kicking up minerals in tap water in the Southeast.

As Communities Grow, Wastewater Needs Become Challenges
New plans for treatment plants generate discord in communities from Illinois to Texas.

Town is the Last of a Rare Breed
Small towns in Colorado are facing new water quality concerns and the need for chlorinating drinking water supplies.

Grant Helps Fund Green Wastewater Treatment
Small wastewater treatment plants on Long Island are piloting constructed wetlands to treat nutrient-laden wastewater in an effort to save the sound.
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