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Roberson J.A.,AWWA
Journal - American Water Works Association | Year: 2016

Drinking water regulations are always getting delayed regularly. The proposed UCMR 4 ended up being published in late 2015, as it appears that the Office of Management and Budget waived its traditional review of regulations. The final UCMR 4 is anticipated to be published in late 2016 or early 2017, and UCMR 4 monitoring is anticipated to start in January 2018. A National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) Lead and Copper Rule Working Group met throughout 2014 and 2015 to develop recommendations for the long-term LCR revisions report was sent to the full NDWAC for review at its meeting on Nov. 17?19, 2015. The working group process has been slow as a result of the breadth and depth of the issues being discussed. Perchlorate has been moving slowly through the regulatory development process since its positive regulatory determination in February 2011. Given the focus in Congress and at USEPA, regulations addressing cyanotoxins, either as a group or individually, are likely at some point in the future. Source

Curtis T.,AWWA
Journal - American Water Works Association | Year: 2014

Appreciating the history of water and wastewater is important but it is also necessary to look into the future. As stated in AWWA's State of the Industry Report, the repair, replacement and refurbishment of the water infrastructure is a dominant concern for water utility managers. The networks laid down during periods of rapid urban and suburban growth have lasted a long time, so it's necessary that utilities replace them with new and advance ones. AWWA is exploring wastewater infrastructure needs comprehensively by expanding the scope of its Buried No Longer report and the accompanying drinking water pipe replacement modeling tool to include wastewater pipe networks. AWWA strongly supports SRF (state revolving funds), which provide critical support not only for utilities but also for states, which are allowed to siphon certain amounts off the top of federal capitalization grants for the support of state administrations and supported programs. Source

Roberson J.A.,AWWA
Journal - American Water Works Association | Year: 2014

The upcoming Preliminary Third Regulatory Determination and the draft Fourth Contaminant Candidate List are USEPA's latest effort to identify new contaminants for potential regulation. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was directed to work with stakeholders to develop a voluntary framework for reducing cyber risks. In October 2013, NIST released the Preliminary Cyber security Framework to help critical infrastructure, the existing authorities identified, and any additional authority required. In addition, USEPA initiated a review of the maximum amount of fluoride allowed in drinking water, but this review is proceeding at a much slower pace because of interoffice coordination regarding potential health risks posed by fluoride. It can be challenging for planning and engineering staff to determine when they need to have plans for treatment modification completed and the construction finished when the regulatory deadlines move around and are delayed. Source

Roberson J.A.,AWWA
Journal - American Water Works Association | Year: 2014

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) established at the end of 1974 remains a vital piece of legislation. The first act of SDWA started with the first set of National Interim Primary Drinking Water Regulations in 1975 that translated the 1962 US Public Health Services guidelines for 22 contaminants. The focus of second act was on USEPA being behind its regulatory deadlines but still publishing several regulations that resulted in an increase in the number of regulated contaminants from 23 to 83. Although the number of contaminants increased only by eight in the third act. Working groups under the Drinking Water Advisory Council have provided USEPA to solicit input on specific regulatory actions since the 1986 SDWA. A new group has been established to provide input on the long term revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). As SDWA enters middle age, maintaining the same level of success in the future will be challenging. Source

Mercer K.,AWWA
Journal - American Water Works Association | Year: 2015

The 2015 State of the Water Industry (SOTWI) survey shows that this years concerns evolved over time, with some coming into sharp focus and others receding into the background. AWWA's annual study serves four primary purposes. It provides an overview of current industry soundness as perceived by survey participants, identifies and track the challenges currently facing the water industry, highlights developments that may be emerging as potentially significant concerns, and obtains data to support water professionals in creating and communicating effective strategies to address issues. The survey showed that the gap between the costs of addressing these varied needs and the pricing of rates and fees to pay for them is widening. Many utilities may need to consider instituting full-cost pricing or at least charge rates and fees that more closely reflect the actual cost of services. As rates are adjusted , water and wastewater system managers and community leaders will have to redouble their efforts to secure buy-in and participation from other stakeholders. Opportunities for community input and involvement are essential to the public's understanding, acceptance, and support of utility programs and projects. Source

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