August 2019

In This Issue
2019 Annual Conference
New EPA Lead Standards to Give Utilities Wide Latitude
Updated Tools for Risk Assessments and Emergency Response Plans
In Need of Facility Upgrades? Don't forget about the Rural Water Loan Fund!
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2019 Annual Conference

In hopes of avoiding any hurricanes, we moved our Annual Conference to November. Registration is open and approximately 20 Exhibit Booths remain. Click on any of the links below for additional information.


New EPA Lead Standards 
to Give Utilities Wide Latitude 
A forthcoming EPA overhaul of standards for lead in drinking water will essentially ban partial lead pipe replacement, in which part of a lead pipe is removed but another part is allowed to remain, Bloomberg Environment has learned.  

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed overhaul for lead in drinking water is the first in nearly 30 years.

Click here to read the full article.  
Updated Tools for Risk Assessments 
and Emergency Response Plans  
(Follow up from article in June's Clear e-News)

Community water systems (CWSs) serving populations greater than 3,300 must certify to US EPA that they have conducted the risk and resilience assessment and updated an emergency response plan by set deadlines, based on population size. US EPA just released new resources to assist utilities in complying with this new requirement. Check out the new resources below and

Conduct the Risk and Resilience Assessment: CWSs can use the Vulnerability Self-Assessment Tool Web 2.0 to conduct the risk and resilience assessment. Click on the link below to access the tool.    

New Emergency Response Plan Guidance and Resource: The new template and instructions will assist water utilities with developing an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) in accordance with America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA) Section 2013(b). Click on the link below to access the tool.

Certify the Risk and Resilience Assessment and Emergency Response Plan: CWSs can certify completion of their risk and resilience assessment and emergency response plan using U.S. EPA's online certification system. Click on the link below to learn how to certify online. 

In Need of Facility Upgrades? Don't forget about the Rural Water Loan Fund!    
The Rural Water Loan Fund (RWLF) is a funding program specifically designed to meet the unique needs of small water and wastewater utilities. The RWLF provides low-cost loans for short-term repair costs, small capital projects, or pre-development costs associated with larger projects. The RWLF was established through a grant from the USDA/RUS, and repaid funds used to replenish the fund and make new loans. Learn more here .

A quarter of the world's population is living with extreme water stress.