Water Resource Protection | Drinking Water
The residents of our member states get their drinking water in a variety of ways--from private wells, from very small community systems, and from the giant, complex water providers in the biggest cities. Helping the states ensure that each of these systems delivers safe water--regardless of their size and level of sophistication--has long been a priority at NEIWPCC.
Since 1994, the New England state drinking water programs have worked with NEIWPCC to foster regional cooperation via state and EPA workgroups and to support initiatives addressing the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. NEIWPCC's Drinking Water Program addresses a wide range of issues including small system needs, emergency planning and preparedness, improving water system capacity, and emerging technologies. The program also reviews Safe Drinking Water Act regulations, coordinates regional scientific studies, develops state specific technical assistance documents, and creates educational publications.
Recent Drinking Water Program workplans have emphasized NEIWPCC objectives to develop training materials for states and systems and to identify implementation guidelines for both currently promulgated and future regulations. These efforts enhance our states' abilities to build effective drinking water programs in the face of increasingly complicated regulations and limited resources.
The NEIWPCC Drinking Water Administrators Workgroup meets quarterly to discuss the complexities of navigating the regulatory maze of the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments. The challenge of addressing complex water supply issues while coping with increased state budget cutbacks, hiring freezes, and new water security requirements dominates the workgroup's agenda. To alleviate financial strains, states are seeking alternative ways to streamline their programs, such as enhancing data management and working with NEIWPCC to develop rule implementation schedules and outreach materials for drinking water systems.
Workgroup Members include state drinking water program administrators from our seven member states and representatives from EPA Regions 1 and 2.
For more information, contact Nicholas Cohen.
Drinking Water Operator Discipline Survey Report
At the request of the Drinking Water Administrators Workgroup, NEIWPCC completed a survey report about the varied state approaches to disciplining drinking water operators. Coordinating with workgroup members, NEIWPCC developed 12 survey questions covering the range of the disciplinary process, from improper actions, to hearings, punitive action, appeals, and potential reinstatement.
NEIWPCC distributed the survey to our member states, as well as to state drinking water programs nationwide, thanks to the cooperation of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA).
Survey results were compiled and summarized in the report linked below, along with additional resources related to drinking water operator discipline.
We would like to emphasize that this information has been collected by NEIWPCC at the request of our Drinking Water Administrators Workgroup. The compiled information is not intended to be used for decision-making purposes.
Multi-agency Response to a Major Water Pipe Break: A Massachusetts Case Study and Evaluation
This publication is a case study on the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) response to a major pipe break in May 2010 involving more than two million people and thousands of large industrial users in 30 metropolitan Boston communities. The comprehensive review was funded through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and was co-sponsored by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies and the Water Research Foundation.
The report was produced by Stratus Consulting and presents a solid example of the drinking water emergency response process, incorporating assessment and analysis of the actions of MWRA and other state and local responders involved in the incident and identifing areas where the responders acted successfully as well as areas where they encountered challenges.
NEIWPCC Partners with EPA’s WaterSense Program
Since 2010, NEIWPCC has been a Promotional Partner for the EPA WaterSense Program. Promotional partners include utilities, water districts, state and local governments, trade associations, and other organizations that share information with the program and promote WaterSense.
Managing water is a growing concern in the United States. States and communities across the country are starting to face challenges regarding water supply and water infrastructure. NEIWPCC became a partner because it understands that water-efficiency measures as part of broader conservation efforts can help reduce water and wastewater infrastructure costs and protect resources for future generations.
WaterSense will help protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices.