EPA Releases Guides to Water Security and Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule

May 31, 2006

A Water Security Handbook: Planning for and Responding to Drinking Water Contamination Threats and Incidents from the U.S. EPA will help drinking water systems understand the basics of planning for and responding to threatened or actual incidents.

This simplified version of the Response Protocol Toolbox: Planning for and Responding to Drinking Water Contamination Threats and Incidents covers the overall concepts and principals in less detail than the full version. The document contains information targeted primarily at drinking water utility personnel, small systems, and managers as well as secondary health officials, laboratories, fire, police, emergency medical services, and local, state and federal officials.

In addition, three new guides are available for small drinking water systems to comply with the Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (Stage 1 DBPR), which is intended to protect against health risks associated with certain disinfection byproducts. Complying With the Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule: Basic Guide, Supplement A and Supplement B - Part of the Simple Tools for Effective Performance (STEP) Series will be made available to drinking water utility staff, state regulators and technical assistance providers in order to demystify the complexities of the rule for different categories of water systems that use various types of disinfection treatment.

These guides will help drinking water system operators to comply with the Stage 1 DBPR by providing information about (1) the health risks associated with disinfectants, disinfection byproducts (DBPs) and residual disinfectants; (2) the monitoring requirements of the Stage 1 DBPR; (3) how to determine if you are in compliance; (4) what to report to the state and customers; and (5) how to maintain compliance through partnerships, treatment and other options.

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EPA

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