EPA Releases Tools To Help Small Drinking Water Utilities With Monitoring Requirements

EPA announced on May 9 it released a set of multimedia products to help small drinking-water utilities determine federal monitoring requirements and prepare water compliance samples under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The tool kit features an interactive Rule Wizard Web site that provides a complete list of all of the federal monitoring requirements for a selected type and size of public drinking water system, such as a community water system serving 3,300 people using ground water as a source of supply.

A companion tool, Interactive Sampling Guide for Drinking Water Operators, features a CD-ROM with a video and a slide presentation that illustrates proper sampling procedures, which users can download to their local computer. Case studies also are presented on the CD-ROM to help public water system owners and operators work with state and local agencies when contaminants are detected.

A brochure, Interactive Sampling Guide for Drinking Water Operators, which provides an overview of the CD-ROM and the Rule Wizard, will be sent to EPA's state and technical assistance partners for distribution to public water systems.

The CD-ROM is available through the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791), the Water Resource Center (202-566-1729), and the National Service Center for Environmental Publications (1-800-490-9198).

The RuleWizard can be accessed at http://www.RuleWizard.org.

The Interactive Sampling Guide, which includes information on how to order the CD-ROM, can be accessed at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/smallsys/samplingcd.html.

This article originally appeared in the 05/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

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