State and Local Authorities
The selection of the technologies for demonstration is a cooperative decision made by the water utility, the state, and EPA. Many factors are considered in the selection process. These include water quality, residuals production and disposal, complexity of system operation, and cost.
In January 2005, the National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) hosted a workshop on the Development of an Arsenic Treatment Technology Outreach Program. The program informed representatives of state government, local government, and water utilities about guidance documents, information resources, and training activities supporting implementation of the Arsenic Rule. Attendees also participated in group discussions to provide feedback on training plans, implementation needs, information dissemination, and successful outreach.
In August 2006, NRMRL and the Office of Water hosted a workshop on EPA’s Arsenic Removal Demonstration Program. Information on the performance and costs of arsenic removal technologies was provided.
The American Water Works Association Research Foundation (AwwaRF) is a nonprofit organization that sponsors drinking water research, including arsenic research, to enable water utilities, public health agencies, and other professionals to provide safe and affordable drinking water to consumers. AwwaRF is supported, in part, by the Department of Energy and by EPA.