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A New Approach to Protecting Drinking Water and Public Health

EPA is seeking a new approach to expand public health protection for drinking water by going beyond the traditional framework that addresses contaminants one at a time. The Agency is initiating a national conversation to identify better ways to address contaminants in groups, improve drinking water technology, and more effectively address potential risks to give Americans greater confidence in the quality of their drinking water. EPA will engage the public and stakeholders, including utilities, rural communities, and states, in developing the new approach.  Over the next few months, the Agency will hold public meetings, webcasts, and use EPA’s website to seek input.  The Agency will also seek advice from the National Drinking Water Advisory Council and consult with the Science Advisory Board’s Drinking Water Committee.

Participate in an upcoming listening session

At its July 21-23, 2010, meeting in Washington, DC the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) was briefed by EPA. The Agency will post a summary of the meeting and the NDWAC’s recommendations on the NDWAC website.  

The Agency plans to seek input on four major elements listed below.

1. Address contaminants as groups rather than one at a time so that enhancement of drinking water protection can be achieved cost-effectively.


On July 28-29, 2010, EPA held a web dialogue, as part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s Drinking Water Strategy, to provide an opportunity for the public and stakeholders to exchange information and share ideas on approaches that should be considered when developing a framework for addressing contaminants as group(s).

2. Foster development of new drinking water technologies to address health risks posed by a broad array of contaminants.

3. Use the authority of multiple statutes to help protect drinking water.

4. Partner with states to develop shared access to all public water systems (PWS) monitoring data.

By pursuing these actions, EPA aims to:

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