Environment & Energy Report

EPA Must Improve on Water Notifications, Watchdog Says (1)

Sept. 25, 2019, 4:20 PMUpdated: Sept. 25, 2019, 5:06 PM

The EPA needs to do a better job of ensuring that drinking water utilities notify their customers when water quality problems arise, according to the agency’s Inspector General.

The Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t have a good handle on how states and tribes are enforcing these notification requirements, which arise from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the agency Inspector General’s Office wrote in a Sept. 25 report.

For example, the report found that some states and tribes don’t consistently track when utilities fail to send out notices to their customers, or even when a water quality...

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