The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced improvements to the availability and usability of drinking water data in the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) tool. ECHO now allows the public to search to see whether drinking water in their community met the standards required under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which is designed to safeguard the nation’s drinking water and protect people’s health. SDWA requires states to report drinking water information periodically to EPA. ECHO also includes a new feature identifying drinking water systems that have had serious noncompliance.
The new Safe Drinking Water Act information on EPA’s website provides:
– Users with information about whether their drinking water has exceeded drinking water standards.
– A serious violators report that lists all water suppliers with serious noncompliance.
– EPA’s 2009 National Public Water Systems Compliance Report, which is a national summary of compliance and enforcement at public drinking water systems.
EPA’s enforcement goals for clean water include working with states and tribes to ensure clean drinking water for all communities and improving transparency by making facility compliance data available to the public. The release of drinking water violations data in ECHO advances these goals and creates additional incentives for government agencies to improve their reporting of drinking water violations and increase efforts to address those violations.
Safe Drinking Water Act search page: http://www.epa-echo.gov/echo/compliance_report_sdwa.html
Enforcement and Compliance History Online tool: http://www.epa-echo.gov/echo/
Source: Water Headlines