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August 2011

Report on the National Characteristics of Drinking Water Systems Serving 10,000 or Fewer People available

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated a report titled National Characteristics of Drinking Water Systems Serving 10,000 or Fewer People. EPA first published this report in 1999 after the 1996 Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act to serve as a source of information for small drinking water systems and stakeholders that work with small systems.

EPA launches revamped Sustainable Water Infrastructure web pages

Our communities depend on aging drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure for the health of its people and the vitality of the local economy.  With the release of the Wastewater and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy last fall, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took the next step in its efforts to work with the water sector as it moves toward more sustainable practices.  EPA has launched an enhanced set of web pages to provide information and resources for meeting the water infrastructure challenges faced in communities across the country

Wasting water is weird

WaterSense partners Kohler and Lowe's, as part of a larger coalition of water-conscious organizations, have launched a new public-service campaign called Wasting Water is Weird.  The campaign features tips from the WaterSense program and links to the website for additional water-saving information.  It is already running online and will soon launch on television.  It's a positive, humorous message delivered by Rip the Drip, who shows up just when using water becomes wasting water - and that's when things get weird.

AWWA Webcast: The Latest on Emergency Water Supply Planning

August 31, 2011

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT
noon - 1:00 p.m. CDT
11:00 a.m. - noon MDT
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. PDT

Program overview

This webcast will present an overview of the recently released guides on Planning for an Emergency Drinking Water Supply and Emergency Water Supply Planning for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

White House Rural Council delivers report on rural America

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2011 – Today, the White House Rural Council released a new report titled "Jobs and Economic Security for Rural America," which lays out the economic landscape rural Americans face today and highlights the administration’s key accomplishments in rural communities.  The report focuses on five critical areas: creating jobs and promoting economic growth, improving access to quality health care and education, fostering innovation, expanding outdoor opportunities, and supporting veterans and military families.

EPA and USDA create partnership to improve drinking water systems and develop workforce in rural communities

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  announced Aug. 8 a national partnership to protect Americans’ health by improving rural drinking water and wastewater systems. Nationwide, small water and sewage treatment facilities with limited funding and resources face challenges due to rising costs and aging equipment and pipes.

EPA seeks input on the development of drinking water perchlorate regulation

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as small-entity representatives (SERs) for a small-business advocacy review (SBAR) panel. This panel will focus on the agency’s development of a rule that proposes to regulate the amount of perchlorate, a potentially harmful chemical, in drinking water. Federal law requires agencies to establish an SBAR panel for rules that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.  

Webinar on the implementation of Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8): National Preparedness

The water sector is invited to a webinar on the implementation of Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8): National Preparedness.  The webinar will be on Tuesday, August 30 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will provide you with an update on the development of a National Preparedness Goal and plans to develop a National Preparedness System.

Information about PPD-8, including the draft National Preparedness Goal

Obama administration advances efforts to protect health of U.S. communities overburdened by pollution

Federal agencies sign environmental justice memorandum of understanding

WASHINGTON (EPA) – Building on its commitment to ensuring strong protection from environmental and health hazards for all Americans, the Obama administration announced Aug. 4 that federal agencies have agreed to develop environmental justice strategies to protect the health of people living in communities overburdened by pollution and provide the public with annual progress reports on their efforts. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P.

NY Times: A Tainted Water Well, and Concern There May Be More

On August 3, The New York Times published an article that begins:

For decades, oil and gas industry executives as well as regulators have maintained that a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that is used for most natural gas wells has never contaminated underground drinking water.