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CCR Rule Revision Working Group Meetings

EPA has announced the schedule for the next two meetings of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) Rule Revision Working Group.

The next NDWAC CCR Working Group meetings will be:

Monday, August 23, from 1:30 pm – 4 pm ET

Link to register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ndwac-ccr-rule-revision-working-group-meeting-tickets-167349100665

Tuesday, August 24, from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm ET

Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/copy-of-ndwac-ccr-rule-revision-working-group-meeting-tickets-167636704897

EPA indicates that the meeting materials will be available on the NDWAC CCR Rule Revision Working Group website:  https://www.epa.gov/ndwac/national-drinking-water-advisory-council-ndwac-consumer-confidence-report-rule-revision

 

California Expert Panel On DPR

The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) posted information on how to view (or provide public comments) during the DPR Expert Panel meetings on August 24-25, 2021.

You can find that information on the following website:

https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drinking_water/certlic/drinkingwater/dpr-criteria-panel.html

Agenda for the meeting is here (epmtg1agenda).

Background Expert Panel Review of DPR Criteria.  AB 574, signed into law in October 2017, required that the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) adopt uniform criteria for Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) by December 31, 2023.  The bill required that before adopting the criteria, the SWRCB submit the criteria to an expert panel for review.   The SWRCB has convened an expert panel that will meet August 24-25, 2021.  Additional background information is available at the following SWRCB web site:

https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drinking_water/certlic/drinkingwater/direct_potable_reuse.html

CCR Rule Revision Working Group

INTRODUCTION

The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) was signed into law in 2018.  One section of the AWIA was titled “Improved Consumer Confidence Reports.” According to this section, within two years of the AWIA being signed into law (i.e., by October 2020), EPA was to adopt regulations for Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR) that do the following:

  • Improve the “readability, clarity, and understandability” of CCRs,
  • Improve the “accuracy of information presented, and risk communication” in CCRs,
  • Provide information on corrosion control and lead Action Level exceedances, and
  • Require public water systems serving over 10,000 people to deliver CCRs two times each year.

NDWAC CCR COMMITTEE FORMED

To provide guidance on these issues, EPA has formed a CCR Rule Revision Working Group under the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC).   Here is a copy of EPA’s Charge to the CCR Working Group (epa-charge-to-the-ndwac-on-consumer-confidence-report-rule-revision), which states EPA is seeking advice and recommendations on the following:

  • Addressing accessibility challenges, including translating CCRs and meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
  • Advancing environmental justice and supporting underserved communities.
  • Improving readability, understandability, clarity, and accuracy of information and risk communication of CCRs.
  • CCR delivery manner and methods, including electronic delivery.

Last week the CCR Rule Revision Working Group held an orientation/planning meeting (agenda ndwac-ccr-working-group-agenda_session-1_0).  The schedule for future meetings has not been posted (the agenda for last week’s meeting indicates a schedule of August through December for the Working Group). The Working Group will provide their recommendations for consideration by the full NDWAC which will then provide its recommendations to EPA.  A copy of the CCR Working Group roster is here (ccr-rule-revision-working-group-roster).