EPA has released a set of user-friendly multimedia products to help small drinking water utilities meet revised regulations to control arsenic. The tools will provide owners and operators with information to guide them in making treatment decisions.
"This arsenic treatment tool kit provides useful information to increase local options and sustainable solutions," said assistant administrator for Water Benjamin H. Grumbles.
The anchor product of this suite of tools is the Arsenic Virtual Trade Show, a learning portal for arsenic treatment technology. The website features a database of vendors, a treatment "decision tree" and tips for evaluating and selecting treatment providers. Other products being released include:
-- a brochure, Evaluating Arsenic Treatment Providers: A Guide for Public Water Systems, which includes a checklist of questions owners and operators of small utilities should ask treatment providers;
-- a CD-ROM disk, Interactive Workshop on Arsenic Removal from Drinking Water, which features commentary from the nation's top experts; and
-- a DVD collection of videos, the Arsenic Treatment Technology Showcase, which highlights arsenic treatment technologies currently being pilot-tested through EPA's Arsenic Treatment Technology Demonstration Program.
EPA has also updated its website to improve navigation and reflect the latest consumer and technical information. Kits including all of the new arsenic tools will be delivered to EPA's state and technical assistance partners for distribution to public water systems affected by the arsenic regulation.