Today, March 22, 2010, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson made a speech at the annual Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies conference in D.C. Jackson announced the agency’s plans to develop new strategies to improve the public’s health protection against contaminated drinking water.
Jackson announced EPA’s plans to “confront emerging health threats, strained budgets and increased needs – today’s and tomorrow’s drinking water challenges – we must use the law more effectively and promote new technologies.”
“That means fostering innovation that can increase cost-effective protection. It means finding win-win-win solutions for our health our environment and our economy. And it means broad collaboration. To make our drinking water systems work harder, we have to work smarter,” said Jackson.
The changes to the drinking water strategy consist of four different areas: address contaminants as a group rather than just one at a time, development of new drinking water technologies, use of law to help protect drinking water and partner with states to collaborate more complete data for monitoring purposes.
Addressing the contaminants in a group will be more cost-effective as well as a more speedy process. Over the next few months the EPA will be holding public meetings and workshops to seek advice and feedback. The agency will also consult the Science Advisory Board’s Drinking Water Committee and the National Drinking Water Advisory Council.