EPA plans to conduct Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment

February 11, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request for the 2020 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment (DWINSA) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Before doing so, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described in this document.

For the first time since 1999 and 2007 surveys, small community water systems, state not-for-profit non-community water systems, and American Indian and Alaska Native Village water systems will be surveyed. A representative random selection of small community water systems serving 3300 or fewer persons are proposed to be surveyed on site by the EPA. Eighty-three percent of these small systems are served by groundwater. Also included will be questions on lead service lines, operator workforce, and American iron and steel content of water system equipment needs.

Comments are due on the information collection request by April 6.

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