NDWAC Reviews Emergent MDBP Working Group Recommendations

On October 11, the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) reviewed the emergent recommendations put forth by the NDWAC’s Microbial Disinfection Byproducts (MDBP) Working Group, which included:

  • Addressing the potential for no or low disinfectant residual in surface water PWS distributions systems
  • Premise plumbing and a national building water quality improvement initiative
  • Addressing data and analysis gaps with DBPs of emerging concern
  • Multi-benefit precursor control
  • Finished water storage tank vulnerabilities
  • Improving chloramination practices
  • Improving water quality and regulatory compliance for consecutive systems
  • Source control and leveraging non-SDWA authorities
  • Environmental justice improvement opportunities
  • Overall MDBP data analysis gaps
  • Aligning TMF capacity for small, rural, and underserved communities, and
  • Primacy agency capacities.

While the next meeting registration has not been released, the schedule for the MDBP Working Group and NDWAC was shared:

  • October 16 – Report mark up to Working Group Members
    • Will include degree of support template
    • GWUDI determination path forward
    • Emphasis for identified data and analysis gaps
    • Member follow-up on alternative perspectives
  • October 24 – Comments and support template returned from all members
  • October 31 – Meeting 12 – final report vetting (information on registration will be posted here (https://www.epa.gov/ndwac/public-notices-and-meeting-announcements-ndwac))
  • November 2 – Meeting 13 – contingency
  • November 6 – Attributed comments due
  • November 7 – Working Group report circulated for final review (if needed)
  • November 10– Working Group report submitted to NDWAC