Topic 4: Collaborate with states to develop shared access to all public water systems (PWS) monitoring data.
We want to collaborate with state and local partners to improve information exchange. Since the rules for public water systems monitoring data reporting were written, advances in information technology increase possibilities for EPA and states to exchange critical information. EPA currently receives only violation data. Creating an exchange for all public water systems data collected will let us do more without adding to the information collection burden. We want to share powerful information technology tools to better target program oversight, compliance assistance, and enforcement to areas of highest risk. We want to make our work and the information exchange interactive and transparent. New communications tools can enable states, industry, and most importantly consumers to learn more about their drinking water. We envision a system where people will have better access to timely information about the water that is piped into their homes.
- What do you think are the opportunities and barriers to public water systems submitting data electronically to states?
- Do you have ideas about how EPA should share occurrence data with the public to communicate the quality of drinking water transparently?
- What concerns do you have about EPA receiving all the data systems report to the states?
- How can systems and EPA ensure data quality?
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