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NOAA Releases Report on Water Sector Best Practices for Climate Adaptation

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released a report that summarizes a series of eight webinars on water system climate adaptation. The report – “Showcasing Leading Practices in Climate Adaptation: Experiences from the Water Sector to Empower Other Sectors and Communities” – summarizes the experiences from water systems across the country, as well as resources and best practices collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Water Alliance, the Water Research Foundation (WRF), other non-profits, academic institutions, and planning organizations. As extreme weather events continue to increase in frequency and magnitude, the need to transfer useful information also increases, and this report provides many practical paths for water systems to consider for climate adaptation.

August 31, 2022

EPA’s Science Advisory Board Releases Two Drinking Water Reports

Earlier in August, EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) released two advisory reports on signficant drinking water topics. The first report was released on August 19th – “Review of the EPA’s Draft Fifth Contaminant Candidate List (CCL5)” – and listed 10 key findings and recommendations for CCL5. The SAB provided specific recommendations on some contaminants to remove, as well as other contaminants to add. The SAB generally found that the CCL5 development process was clear and transparent. The SAB provided specific recommendations to strengthen the process for future CCLs by employing machine learning, including European data to identify contaminants of concern, and provided several other specific recommendations. As part of the mandated deadlines under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), EPA’s deadline to finalize CCL5 was November 17, 2021, five years after the final CCL4. It should be noted that EPA published the Draft CCL5 in July 2021.

The second report was released on August 22nd – “Review of EPA’s Analyses to Support EPA’s National Primary Drinking Water Rulemaking for PFAS” – and listed three pages of specific recommendations to improve the analyses as part of the Agency’s regulatory development process. The SAB generally agreed with many of the conclusions presented in the assessments, framework and analyses. The SAB also identified many areas that would benefit from further clarification to enhance transparency and utility as EPA continues its work to develop a proposed regulation for perfluorooctaoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). EPA is scheduled to propose this regulation by the end of 2022, and finalize this regulation by end of 2023. On June 15, 2022, EPA released interim updated health advisories for PFOA and PFOS.

Register for the 37th ASDWA Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona

ASDWA is looking forward to hosting its 37th Annual Conference this October 17 -19 in Scottsdale, Arizona. This year’s Conference will include presentations and in-depth discussions on topics including: lead, PFAS, cybersecurity, BIL, emerging contaminants, workforce, climate change, and more. Click here to view the Conference agenda and full range of discussion topics.

Attendees have the option to register in-person or virtually, but note that this is intended to be an in-person event, and the virtual option will be limited to a few sessions as listen-only.

Hotel registration, the off-site event registration, exhibitor information and more can be accessed on the event webpage. Please regularly check the event page for the most up-to-date information. Please email Kevin Letterly ( with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Scottsdale!

August 26, 2022

EPA Releases New BIL Guidance Memo for U.S. Territories and D.C.

On August 26, EPA released a new memorandum to help implement over $173 million of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure needs in the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories. The memo provides information and guidelines on how the Agency will award and administer the Fiscal Year 2022 allocations of $63 million to D.C. and $110 million to the Territories, including American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

EPA Rolls Out Proposed Rule to Designate PFOA and PFOS as Hazardous Substances under CERCLA

Today (August 26, 2022), EPA announced the release of the Agency’s pre-publication of a proposed rule to designate PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as “Superfund.” If finalized, this CERCLA designation would require facilities to report on PFOA and PFOS releases of one pound or more within a 24-hour period. EPA intends this rulemaking to enhance the ability of federal, Tribal, state, and local authorities to obtain information regarding the location and extent of these releases. The designation would also allow EPA or other agencies to seek cost recovery or contributions for costs incurred for the cleanup. This action has been a high priority for EPA having been outlined in the Agency’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap. According to the roadmap, EPA expects to finalize the rule by the summer of 2023.

Once published in the Federal Register, which the Agency states will happen in the next several weeks, the public will have 60 days to provide comments.


Register for the September NDWAC MDBP Rule Revisions Meeting

EPA is continuing to host meetings with its National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) Microbial Disinfection Byproducts Rule (MDBP) Working Group. EPA is currently seeking input to inform potential regulatory revisions of eight National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWRs) included in MDBP rules. The MDBP rules were identified as candidates for revision as part of the latest Six-Year Review of all of the NPDWRs.

The Working Group will meet on September 20, 2022 from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time. The September 20th meeting is intended to include a discussion of the current regulatory landscape for the Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproduct Rules (D/DBPRs); an inventory of public water systems subject to the D/DBPRs; and a characterization of problems related to disinfection byproducts. Future meetings are tentatively planned for November 3, and December 13, 2022. Registration can be found here. The agenda will be posted prior to the meeting to the NDWAC MDBP Rule Revisions Working Group website.

Purdue University Hosting Wildfire Webinar on September 7

On Wednesday, September 7, from 12:00-1:30 PM EDT, Purdue University is hosting a wildfire webinar with speakers from Purdue, New Mexico Environment Department and Oregon Health Authority. With drought conditions increasing in severity across the country, the risks from wildfires are also increasing. This webinar will share lessons learned for water systems, primacy agencies, and first responders. More information on the webinar, including the registration link, can be found here.

August 25, 2022

Promote the 10th Anniversary of SepticSmart Week on September 19-23!

Celebrate and promote the 10th anniversary of SepticSmart Week, which will take place September 19-23, 2022. SepticSmart Week is an annual homeowner awareness and education campaign that encourages proper septic system care and maintenance that can help protect groundwater sources of drinking water. The campaign has been successful for communities and local and state entities who have hosted septic socials, engagements at farmers markets and state capitols, generated radio announcements, and created printed banners. Join the campaign this year to kickoff the first-ever photo challenge, post on social media, sign proclamations, host events, and more.

  • Photo Challenge: The photo challenge is open through September 16, 2022. For more information, view the announcement and submission guidelines and share the link with your networks.
  • Proclamations: Bring attention to the care and maintenance of septic systems by issuing a state or local government Proclamation. More information on signing proclamation is available here.
  • Events: Consider host events and trainings that engage youth, college students, and communities.

For more information, visit EPA’s website.

EPA Webinar on Turning Water Data into Public Information

On Tuesday, September 6, 2022, from 1:30 –3:30 pm (eastern time), EPA will host a webinar on “Turning Water Data into Public Information.” During the webinar, participants will learn about solutions to the challenges of turning data into information, from adopting standards and technologies, building applications that harness data from the Water Quality Portal, to scoring data for public communication products. Presentations will include examples from the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative, Save the Sound’s Sound Health Explorer, and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. For more information and to register, visit EPA’s website.

Department of Interior Announces Allocation of more than $300 million in BIL funds for Water Reuse

On August 18, the Department of the Interior announced the allocation of $309.8 million in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for the planning, design, and construction of water reuse projects that will advance drought resilience across the country. According to the announcement, this funding will “support local water management agencies with stretching existing drinking water supplies and helping to ensure that growing water needs can be met through the advanced treatment of wastewater and naturally impaired surface and groundwater.”

This allocation will fund twenty projects in California, and an additional project in five other states: Hawaii, Idaho, Texas, Utah, and Washington.  The Department expects these twenty-five projects will increase annual capacity by about 213,000 acre-feet of water, which is enough to support more than 850,000 people a year.

August 23, 2022

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