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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first national primary drinking water standards for six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) this week. The proposal would establish maximum contaminant level goals (MCLGs) and maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for six PFAS.
The agency estimates that the national annual cost of rule implementation will be $775 million ($2021). Black & Veatch conducted an analysis for AWWA of the national cost of treatment required for reliably removing PFOA and PFOS to 4 ng/L, resulting in an estimate of $2.7 billion ($2022)
EPA issued a new rule and guidance directing state officials responsible for implementing the Safe Drinking Water Act to assess cybersecurity resilience using the sanitary survey program. This action applies to all public water systems of all sizes effective immediately. The new rule adds cybersecurity into the sanitary survey program conducted by state primacy agencies
Manganese (Mn) is receiving increasing interest as a contaminant of concern in drinking water. It presents both health and aesthetic concerns at different concentrations.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – enacted in November 2021 – is launching a new era of funding opportunities for drinking water and wastewater projects across the U.S. and U.S. territories. Here, AWWA offers resources and guidance for water professionals seeking to access this funding for local water projects.