Arsenic Rule Compliance for Community Water System Owners and Operators
Arsenic Rule Compliance
Compliance with the Arsenic Rule requires additional monitoring and community water system actions beyond compliance with the chemical contaminants rules.
Quick Reference Guide to Arsenic and Clarifications to Compliance and New Source Monitoring Rule
This document provides a simple and straightforward summary of the rule. It includes critical deadlines and requirements for PWSs and states, and information on monitoring requirements.
12 Steps to Arsenic Compliance and Helpful Resources for Public Water Systems
This factsheet provides a checklist to help PWSs move towards compliance with the Arsenic Rule. With each step, a list of EPA's most helpful references is included.
- 12 Steps to Arsenic Compliance and Helpful Resources for Public Water Systems (PDF)(1 pg, 279 K, About PDF) EPA 816-F-06-016
Arsenic and your distribution system
This fact sheet helps PWSs understand and respond to issues that may arise with arsenic. It also covers distribution system concerns resulting from the installation of arsenic treatment.
A System's Guide to the Identification and Disposal of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Water Treatment Plant Residuals
Drinking water PWSs producing solid waste are required to determine whether that waste is hazardous. These requirements are described in this document in summary form only.
- A System's Guide to the Identification and Disposal of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Water Treatment Plant Residuals (PDF)(8 pp, 2 MB, About PDF) EPA 816-F-06-011, August 2006
Technologies and Costs for Removal of Arsenic from Drinking Water
- This document details arsenic removal technologies, including point-of-entry and point-of-use treatment options. It also presents capital and operation and maintenance costs for each of the removal technologies in graphical format. Technologies and Costs for Removal of Arsenic from Drinking Water (PDF)(284 pp, 655 K, About PDF) EPA 815-R-00-028, December 2000
Evaluating Arsenic Treatment Providers: A Guide for Public Water Systems
This document provides an overview on the long-term, chronic health effects linked to arsenic. It describes available treatment technologies for arsenic removal and questions to ask vendors about technologies.
- Evaluating Arsenic Treatment Providers: A Guide for Public Water Systems (PDF)(25 pp, 735 K, About PDF) EPA 816-R-05-008, November 2005
Historic Arsenic Guidance Information
The page provides information on the potential health effects of exposure to arsenic. It includes an overview of the rule and background information on natural occurrence of arsenic.
- Drinking Water Standard for Arsenic Fact Sheet (PDF)(2 pp, 140 K, About PDF) EPA 815-F-00-015, January 2001
The following links provide additional information about the Phase II/V Rule and the Arsenic Rule.
Arsenic Information for Consumers
- Arsenic in your Drinking Water: Just the Facts for Consumers (PDF)(2 pp, 298 K, About PDF) EPA 816-F-07-002, March 2007
- Basic Information about Arsenic in Your Drinking Water
For more information, please see the Chemical Contaminant Rules page.
Virtual Trade Show
EPA has developed a site to help PWSs come into compliance with the Arsenic Rule. The website contains:
- Brief treatment technology descriptions,
- The interactive decision trees,
- Questions to ask engineers and vendors when choosing a treatment technology, and
- A searchable vendor database.
Visit the Arsenic Virtual Trade Show website.
Arsenic Treatment Technology Evaluation Handbook for Small Systems
This handbook includes arsenic treatment information, cost evaluation tools, and design considerations for treatment technologies. The handbook enables PWSs to make decisions about treatment approaches to address arsenic concerns.
The handbook includes a series of process selection decision trees. These were developed to help systems select the most appropriate arsenic mitigation strategy.
- Arsenic Treatment Technology Evaluation Handbook for Small Systems (PDF)(151 pp, 2 MB, About PDF) EPA 816-R-03-014, July 2003
The decision trees contained in this document were current when the handbook was published in 2003. They are still relevant and can provide a simple guide for selecting an arsenic treatment. However, EPA has modified the trees since publication to reflect changes in regulation and treatment technologies.
More Information on Arsenic Treatment Technologies
EPA's Office of Research and Development is focusing on research and development of more cost effective technologies. ORD is conducting:
- treatment technology demonstration projects;
- short-term performance verification studies of commercially-ready arsenic treatment technologies;
- research to emphasize management of residuals from arsenic treatment,
- improved analytical methods, treatment process optimization and distribution system studies; and
- developing training materials, software and design manuals and providing direct training and technical assistance on how to meet the arsenic standard.