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Conferences and Meetings

11th Annual U.S. EPA Drinking Water Workshop - Small Drinking Water Systems: Challenges and Solutions

The U.S. EPA's Water Supply and Water Resources Division, NRMRL, ORD and the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, OW, in cooperation with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), will be holding the 11th annual workshop on drinking water compliance challenges and solutions.

This workshop will provide participants with in-depth training and information on various solutions and strategies for handling small systems problems and compliance challenges.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - Thursday, September 11, 2014
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel
35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Please visit the Conference Event Website Exit for more information.

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Facts & Tips

New staff roles

Kendra Morrison is the new manager for the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) Rule and will also be supporting the Wyoming DEQ in their role to enhance capacity development. Kendra is your main point of contact for questions about the CCR Rule.

For a complete list of all the EPA Region 8 staff and their current roles/responsibilities please see our latest contact list .

Changes to SOC Monitoring Requirements In Wyoming

Special Notice for Wyoming Public Water Systems: For several years EPA has not required WY water systems to sample for 5 Synthetic Organic Contaminants (SOCs) including Endothall, Diquat, Glyphosate, 1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP), and 1,2-Dibromoethane (EDB). After an evaluation of this practice, EPA is now requiring community and non-transient non-community Wyoming water systems to sample for the complete set of SOCs that are listed in the drinking water regulations at 40 C.F.R. 141.24 with the exception of dioxin and PCBs which EPA is still evaluating.

Please note, this message does not apply to R8 Tribal Public Water Systems.

Drinking Water Guide For Small Business Owners in Wyoming

If your business or facility makes water available to the public by providing food, drinks, restrooms or lodging, then you are likely managing a public water system that must meet certain safety requirements according to the Safe Drinking Water Act. If you would like to find out more, please see the Drinking Water Guide For Small Business Owners in Wyoming brochure.

Some SDWIS Data Now Available to the Public

Compliance and enforcement data from SDWIS (the State Drinking Water Information System) for drinking water systems is now available to the public through the Envirofacts SDWIS Search page on the EPA website.

Sanitary Surveys

If you want to take a look at the questions we may ask during Sanitary Surveys this year, please review either the Wyoming Sanitary Survey Template or the Tribal Sanitary Survey Checklist/Template on the Reporting Forms page. We have also posted the slides from presentations on Sanitary Surveys in the Presentations section.

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Funding & Grants

Upcoming Infrastructure Funding Opportunity

EPA Region 8 will begin advertising for proposals for the next fiscal year Drinking Water Tribal Set Aside Program in March. For more information please visit the Tribal Set Aside Construction Grant Program webpage.

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

EPA recently released an analysis of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Set-Asides. The document highlights activities funded by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) capitalization grant set-asides to promote capacity development efforts. Hard copies of this document can be obtained by calling 205-566-1729 and identifying Publication Number 816-R-10-016. An electronic version may be found on the Small Systems State Guidance page.

If you would like to review the various funding and grants that may be available to assist public water systems, please visit the EPA Grants and Funding page.

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Latest News

Climate Change and Water

Climate change is changing our assumptions about water resources. As climate change warms the atmosphere and alters the hydrological cycle, we will continue to witness changes to the amount, timing, form, and intensity of precipitation and the flow of water in watersheds, as well as the quality of aquatic and marine environments. These changes are also likely to affect the programs designed to protect the quality of water resources and public health and safety. To find out more, please visit the Climate Change and Water website.

Hydraulic Fracturing (or Fracking)

You have probably noticed there has been a great deal of public interest and media attention lately regarding hydraulic fracturing (or fracking). To find out more about what EPA is doing, please visit EPA's Study of Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources.

Deadly Brain Amoeba Infects US Tap Water

News agencies worldwide are carrying stories about the presence of Naegleria fowleri, commonly referred to as a brain-eating amoeba, in a New Orleans area water system. The contaminant is believed to be the culprit in the recent death of a four-year-old boy infected after playing on a slip-n-slide.

EPA’s Office of Research and Development indicates that Naegleria fowleri has been known since the 1970’s when it caused infections in people in Perth, Australia as a result of the drinking water being very warm and the chlorine residual levels being very low. It is controlled by keeping the chlorine residual (free chlorine or total chlorine (if you use chloramines)) in the distribution system greater than 0.5 mg/L. You cannot be infected by ingestion, it must enter through the nose.

Water utilities should be prepared for media inquiries about the potential for Naegleria fowleri contamination in their systems. Information is provided below to help utilities speak to this issue.

Systems with warm water temperatures who may be concerned about this pathogen should focus on distribution system residual levels, dead ends and a unidirectional flushing program. More information may be found at the following CDC website: Naegleria fowleri and Public Drinking Water Systems

Chromium-6 in the News

The level(s) of Chorimium-6 in drinking water has been in the news a lot lately. To ensure you and your customers have the latest information it may be helpful to read the EPA's Statement on Chromium-6 and visit EPA's Basic Information on Chromium in Drinking Water page.

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Mail & Reminders

2014 Drinking Water Monitoring Requirements

The 2014 Drinking Water Monitoring Requirements and a copy of the current water system site schematic and a link to the 2014 Newsletter were sent (via email or postal mail) to each water system sometime in February. If you did not receive your copy or would like another copy, please let us know.

Drinking Water Watch

Drinking Water Watch is an online tool available to operators, administrators and others involved with public water systems to review monitoring requirements, sampling results and related data, copies of your water system schematic, past sanitary survey reports, the latest reminder to sample and report, and sampling forms for use with chemical and radiological samples. It can be useful for many purposes including checking data when away from your office or system and ensuring that the EPA has all your samples and accurate information about your system.

If you have not yet registered, please contact r8dwu@epa.gov for more information. If you have registered and have lost your password, or if your password has expired, please contact us for assistance.

EPA Region 8 is pleased to announce the creation of a new version of Drinking Water Watch (DWW) that is accessible to the public without a username or password. Although the information available through this website is somewhat restricted, it includes sample schedules, lab results, violations and enforcement actions and more. Please visit the Public Access Version of DWW and feel free to share this information with anyone else who might be interested.

Sampling

One way to track your sampling and reporting requirements is by using the calendar software on your computer. Computer calendars usually allow you to schedule one-time and recurring events easily. You may also set the computer to remind you of a sampling or reporting "event". If you prefer to fill in a paper form and post it on your bulletin board, you may find this Sampling Calendar useful. The sampling calendar is also available in MS Excel format .

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Newsletters

2014 Newsletter
2013 Newsletter


New Rules

There are several Drinking Water rules that have, or may soon, affect requirements for your public water system. We have notified systems regarding changes and any actions they may need to take. For general information please refer to the New and Revised Rules webpage.

Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act

Congress recently adopted the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act Exit which will amend the SDWA to reduce the national standard of lead in pipes, pipe fittings and plumbing fixtures from 8% to 0.25%. Several states already had standards lower than 8%. The law provides for a 36 month implementation period.

Total Coliform Rule Revisions

The revised Total Coliform Rule was published in the Federal Register on July 14, 2010. A Proposed Revised Total Coliform Rule Assessments and Corrective Actions Guidance Manual was published in August 2010. For more information please refer to the Total Coliform Rule Revisions webpage.

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New Tools

Toll Free Fax for EPA Region 8 Drinking Water

The Drinking Water Units at EPA Region 8 now exclusively use the following fax: 1-877-876-9101.

This toll-free electronic fax should be used by anyone faxing information to Region 8 Drinking Water. Since this is an efax, documents sent via this number will be delivered electronically to employees in Region 8. Please include a cover page with your fax that clearly states the name of the intended recipient as well as its subject matter. For example, Attn: Breann Bockstahler Re: TCR Results. Again the new fax number is: 1-877-876-9101.

Tribal Drinking Water Operator Certification Program

This voluntary program was announced in the Federal Register on August 10, 2010. It enables qualified operators in Indian country to be recognized as certified operators by the EPA. Additional information on the program as well as updates and application materials can be found on the Tribal Programs webpage.

New Small System Resource Available

The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) Exit is now housing a new web resource for small communities called SmallWaterSupply.org Exit. This site helps water and wastewater operators find what they need on the Internet. Through an easy-to-use search interface, operators can use SmallWaterSupply.org to find direct links to thousands of online resources and training events as well as keep up with the latest news relevant to small utilities.

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Upcoming Training

Free Training for Transient, Non-Community Operators

EPA Region 8 is holding two half day sessions of training geared just for operators of transient, non-community systems. The first session will be held April 22, 2014 from 8am-12pm at the Parkway Plaza in Casper as a part of the WARWS conference. The second session will be held May 6, 2014 from 1-5 pm in Sheridan at the Fulmer Library. Please contact Tiffany Mifflin at 303-312-6521 or by email at mifflin.tiffany@epa.gov or Bre Bockstahler at 303-312-6034 or by email at bockstahler.breann@epa.gov in order to register. Space is limited!

Drinking Water Academy - Calendar of Courses

EPA’s Drinking Water Academy has recently started posting a list of upcoming training events, including webinars, on their Calendar of Course Offerings webpage. Please check that page occasionally to see what’s being offered and for contact information and registration links.

Additional Training

For additional training, please check the operator training offered by South Dakota Rural Water Exit, Wyoming DEQ Exit or the Indian Health Service Exit.

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