Project #4748

Evaluation of Risk Management Frameworks and Tools and their Application for Managing Source Water Risks in the United States

$270,187
In Progress
Principal Investigator
Robert
Raucher
Research Manager
Ms. Katie Henderson
Contractor
Corona Environmental Consulting, LLC
Source Water Protection
Risk Assessment

Abstract

Under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Amendments of 1996, states were required to develop Source Water Assessment Programs (SWAPs) to identify existing and potential sources of contamination in drinking source waters. This Tailored Collaboration research project is designed to move the SWAP process forward toward effective and practical risk management, by moving beyond Risk Identification to the “Risk Assessment” and “Risk Management” phases of public health protection. The proposed research combines a thorough and systematic investigation of risk management frameworks and tools in use by the water sector along with utility pilot testing to develop and evaluate a suggested methodology for managing source water risks in the United States. Tailored Collaboration Partner: Tampa Bay Water.

A paper summarizing the interim findings of this project can be found below, under Project Papers.