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 Frequently Asked Questions

 
Why is EPA conducting arsenic removal technology demonstrations?
When the new arsenic standard was affirmed, EPA made a commitment to establish a $20 million research, development, and technical assistance program to assist small systems in meeting the new standard. The demonstration program is a part of that commitment.

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Must all public water systems participate in the demonstrations?
No. Participation in the demonstrations is voluntary.

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Why should a utility volunteer to participate in the demonstrations?
Participation in the demonstrations allows utilities to have an arsenic treatment process installed and tested at their site. At the end of the study, the utility will have operating information on an arsenic removal technology and will be in a better position to make future decisions on treatment needs.

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If a utility volunteers to participate in the demonstration and is selected, will the utility receive money from EPA?
No. The utility will not receive funds from EPA. EPA will purchase a technology or engineering services and associated supplies. In addition, EPA will work with the utility to install them at the site.

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What information do I submit?
Use the Demo Site Information form (PDF) (22 pp, 67.5 KB) to submit information. See also How to Participate.

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Where do I submit the information if my utility wants to volunteer?
Information must be submitted to your state drinking water administrator who will transmit it to EPA via the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators exit EPA (ASDWA).

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Why is the State Drinking Water Program involved in this process?
The state drinking water program is involved because the state will have to approve the plans for installation or changes to the system before the demonstration can begin.

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Where do I call if I have further questions?
Refer to the Federal Register Notice, or contact:

Jeff Adams
513-569-7835

Darren Lytle
513-569–7432

Tom Sorg
513-569-7370

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What costs will a utility bear if it is chosen to participate in one of these studies?
The utility may have to bear costs such as electricity, operator and other incidental costs associated with the technology or engineering approach.

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After a demonstration is complete, what happens if a utility does not want the technology that was installed at the site?
If the utility does not want the technology, EPA will remove the technology.

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Does a utility have to sign an agreement with the EPA to participate in the study?
Yes. This agreement will outline the responsibilities of EPA and the utility so there is a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities. The agreement will be tailored to the utility and the technology or engineering approach.

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If a utility has a several water sources that have an arsenic problem, will the demonstration project cover all the water sources, including wells?
No. For example, if a utility has wells that exceed the arsenic Maximum Contaminant Level, the demonstration project will be conducted at only one site.

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What if a utility’s water supply contains contaminants other than arsenic?
If the water supply has contaminants in addition to arsenic, these should be noted on the form when it is submitted.


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