The US EPA is listening. Are you talking?
Among a variety of federal efforts to listen closer to citizen concerns, US EPA's water programs have at least three initiatives underway to facilitate two-way dialogue on issues relevant to small drinking water and wastewater systems.
SmallWaterSupply.org thinks its important to take advantage of these opportunities to educate federal decision-makers on what it's like to be an operator for a small, rural community.
1) Talk about... Consumer Confidence Reports
Last week, the EPA kicked off an effort to solicit feedback on the Consumer Confidence Report regulation and issues pertaining to development and delivery of the annual water quality report.
▪ How to Participate: Click here to register for the feedback community, where comments are being taken through March 9.
2) Talk about... Small Wastewater Treatment Systems
The EPA has launched a new forum for small communities to discuss issues related to their centralized or decentralized wastewater treatment systems and get technical support.
▪ How to Participate: You are invited to a training webinar at 1pm EST on March 1, 2012 to find out how to sign up for and use the new forum. Click here to register or learn more.
3) Talk about... Affordability of Arsenic Rule Compliance
Congress has directed EPA to find out how small systems are managing the impacts of complying with the arsenic in drinking water regulation and to discuss options for making compliance more affordable.
▪ How to Participate: You are invited to a kick-off webinar for this effort at 1pm EST on March 2, 2012. Click here to register or learn more.