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Economics

EPA is developing a new regulatory impact analysis framwork for proposed drinking water regulations. The Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended in 1996, requires that whenever EPA proposes a national primary drinking water regulation, EPA must publish a cost-benefit analysis. Components of the analysis include treatment design, unit treatment costs and national costs, model systems development, baseline estimates, data quality objectives, and benefits analysis.

Historic Documents

EPA held a workshop with practicing water design and costing engineers in November 1997, to discuss the assumptions and components that should be included in models to predict the costs of various treatment alternatives on public water systems. EPA will use the models in the development of best available technology options under future National Primary Drinking Water Regulations.

National Drinking Water Advisory Council Meeting Summaries

 

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