ASDWA Reports: Impacts to State Resources

ASDWA collects data, conducts analysis, and provides policy recommendations to educate decision-makers on the states’ perspective on drinking water issues that impact its members.


ASDWA-ACWA Report on Contaminants of Emerging Concern (May 2019)

The public is turning to states for answers and actions when emerging contaminants are detected with potential human health and ecological effects. This report was a partnership between ASDWA and the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) and provides an assessment and several recommendations for states, federal agencies, and chemical manufactures and producers to better detect, characterize and manage contaminants of emerging concerns.


Costs of States’ Transactions Study [CoSTS]
(April 2018)

EPA is evaluating several options for potential Long-Term Revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LT-LCR). EPA presented several options at a Federalism Consultation briefing on January 8, 2018, and requested comments by March 8, 2018. ASDWA conducted this Costs of States’ Transactions Study (CoSTS) as part of its comment development process for these regulatory options. The detailed spreadsheets included in this study calculate the estimated hours for the five categories of regulatory options presented at the January 8th meeting, plus an additional category for “Regulatory Start-Up”.


Beyond Tight Budgets (December 2018)

This new report updates the 2013 State Drinking Water Resource Needs Report to estimate the additional resource demands in 2018 from non-regulatory activities such as post-Flint LCR, PFAS, algal toxins, and SDWIS Prime. The increased workload is significant, ranging from 1.1% to 12.5% without calculating the impacts of inflation (an additional 20%) over the past decade. This analysis shows the growing demands on state drinking water programs and highlights the need for either additional funding or a reallocation of resources.


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Insufficient Resources for State Drinking Water Programs Threaten Public Health (December 2013)

As the public health risks posed by drinking water contaminants and other constituents of concern become more complex and pressing, state program responsibilities for adequately managing sources of drinking water, overseeing the treatment of drinking water, and supervising water systems all increase. In 2013, ASDWA produced this report to intertwine the public health protection mission and responsibilities of state drinking water programs with a funding needs assessment and analysis of outcomes should inadequate funding be provided.