Solutions for Underperforming Drinking Water Systems Webcast
Approximately 25 million people in the United States are served by water systems that regularly fail to meet federal safe drinking water standards. In addition, systems with poor water quality are more likely to serve low‐income and semi‐rural communities, as well as people of color. More rigorous water quality standards combined with increasing water quality challenges will make it even more difficult for systems with limited capacity to meet drinking water requirements. Small community water systems (those serving <10,000 people) are more likely to have a history of long‐term health‐based violations. The economic challenge of operating and maintaining a small water system is a large contributor to water quality violations. This suggests that solutions are urgently needed to help struggling small water systems remain solvent and ensure their ability to deliver safe, affordable water to their communities.
This webcast focused on the recently published WRF project, Solutions for Underperforming Drinking Water Systems in California (5015). This project examined the challenges currently faced by underperforming drinking water systems in California, potential solutions, and opportunities for regional partnerships. Solutions that have the biggest impact are operational solutions, treatment solutions, source water solutions, and partnership solutions. While focused on California, the lessons learned apply more broadly to communities across the United States.