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).

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About Dan Askenaizer

Dr. Askenaizer leads WQTS’ work on regulatory compliance support for many of our water agencies clients. Dr. Askenaizer tracks water quality and treatment regulations at the Federal and State levels and provides regulatory updates to our clients. Dr. Askenaizer has strong expertise in the development of Regulatory Monitoring and Compliance Plans (RMCPs), which he has completed for a number of water agencies. He has also been working on a number of projects dealing with the development of distribution system monitoring plans and review of nitrification control strategies. Prior to joining WQTS, Dr. Askenaizer was the Water Quality Manager for the Glendale Water and Power. Under his leadership, the Water Quality Group conducted a demonstration-scale study of chlorite for nitrification control and a pilot-scale study of biological treatment for removal of nitrate. Dan has 30 years of experience working on projects dealing with regulatory, water quality and public health issues. Dan has given numerous presentations at workshops and round-tables across the country for water utilities. Dan was instrumental in developing and implementing a Mentoring Program for water staff and was involved in a Sustainable Development team.