The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an advocacy organization, is currently updating its “National Drinking Water Database” in preparation for a public report later this year. The database, first released in 2005, represents a compilation of water quality information from drinking water systems throughout the United States. Updates are typically released through an advocacy report that draws attention from local and national media. As in years past, EWG is inviting utilities to review local water quality information for accuracy. The review period will be open until Aug. 31. Please Note: AWWA is not a partner on this project, and many utilities have expressed concern about the presentation and accuracy of data in previous EWG reports. The Association is sending along this information simply to make utilities aware of the opportunity to review and correct information. To access the report, visit https://www.ewg.org/tap-water-utility/ . The username is “water” and the password is “utility.” Instructions on how to provide corrections to data to EWG are available there. According to EWG’s site : 'This year, we highlight the growing challenges water utilities face as they struggle to treat source water polluted by agricultural, industrial and urban activities. When utilities must build and operate expensive new treatment systems, the costs are inevitably passed on to all Americans. 'We would like to showcase those challenges and costs, highlighting source water impacted by pollution. We hope our work will make the case for stronger protection of source water and new investments to ensure utilities have the workforce and physical infrastructure needed to continue producing cleaner drinking water.' AWWA will keep utility members informed as the timing of EWG’s report becomes clear. AWWA’s Trending in an Instant risk communication guide can help water utilities consider how to respond to advocacy reports that raise questions about water quality. The guide carries recommendations and best practices for: Understanding today’s communication environment and the opportunities created by social media and risk communication Building your standing in the community as a trusted information source Responding effectively to community concerns that may stem from misinformation broadcasted Learning from other utilities that have experienced a negative media cycle and maintained and grown their reputation Accessing the best of recent utility-focused communication research Questions can be directed to Steve Via , AWWA’s director of federal relations, or Greg Kail , AWWA’s director of communications.