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New staff roles
For a complete list of all the EPA Region 8 staff and their roles/responsibilities please see our latest contact list .
Some SDWIS Data 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.
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.
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 USEPA Funding and Grants page.
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.
Watch for the 2013 Newsletter
The EPA Region 8 Drinking Water 2013 Newsletters will be mailed out this month. Along with the newsletter, each public water system will get a copy of its sampling schedule and other pertinent and helpful information.
Drinking Water Watch
Drinking Water Watch is an online tool available to operators, administrators and others involved with public water systems to review monitoring, sampling and related data that is maintained by the EPA. It can be useful for many purposes including checking data when away from your office or system, ensuring that the EPA has all your samples and accurate information about your system.
If you have not yet registered, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you have registered and have lost your password, or if your password has expired, please contact us at the preceeding address for assistance.
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 .
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.
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.
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.