The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) has provided a briefing paper to the incoming Biden Administration on targeted ways that EPA can help advance improvements to the safety and security of our nation’s drinking water systems, primarily through greater collaboration with state regulators.
According to the briefing paper,
States play a critical role protecting public health through safe drinking water. State and territorial drinking water agencies implement an array of initiatives to protect public health from “source to tap.” They are responsible for ensuring compliance with the national drinking water regulations that address 91 contaminants through a wide range of activities, such as:
- Providing training and technical assistance
- Reviewing and approving construction plans and specifications
- Issuing permits
- Conducting inspections of treatment plant and distribution system infrastructure
- Managing data and information, and reporting that information to EPA
- Managing loan programs for infrastructure construction
- Ensuring that public water systems are operated by certified operators
- Taking enforcement actions, when needed
To read the briefing paper, Click Here.