New EPA Program Helps Water Systems Notify Public of Water Problems

PNiWriter provides a fast, user-friendly format for creating public notices that meet federal requirements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new Web-based program, PNiWriter, to help public water systems comply with the public notification requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Public notification is intended to ensure consumers are immediately alerted if there is a serious problem with their drinking water that may pose a risk to public health. The PNiWriter provides a fast, user-friendly format for creating public notices that meet all federal requirements. After users log in they will see a series of questions about the violation or situation requiring public notice. After answering questions and filling in blanks they will be able to print or download the public notice, an instruction sheet and public notice certification.

The program is free and can be accessed at www.pniwriter.org. Users may also access the program from the EPA web site at: www.epa.gov/safewater/publicnotification/ compliancehelp.html.

The PNiWriter is a companion product to the CCRiWriter. Since its release in 2002, the CCRiWriter has helped users generate more than 10,000 Consumer Confidence reports, also known as Water Quality Reports, that public water systems annually provide to customers to inform them about their drinking water. The CCRiWriter can be accessed at: www.epa.gov/safewater/ccr/tools.html.

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EPA

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