Arsenic Standard for Drinking Water
1) EPA Announces Arsenic Standard for Drinking Water of 10 Parts per Billion
On October 31, 2001, EPA announced that the arsenic standard in drinking
water will be 10 parts per billion (ppb). This standard will improve the
safety of drinking water for millions of Americans, and better protect
against the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. EPA will maintain
the compliance date of 2006. Nearly 97 percent of the water systems affected
by this standard are small systems that serve less than 10,000 people
each. Some of these systems will face significant challenges in complying
with the standard. EPA plans to help these systems by providing $20 million
over the next two years for research and development of more cost-effective
technologies and providing technical assistance and training to operators.
For more information, visit the safe drinking water web site at
on the Internet.
Tennessee Clean Water Network
Knoxville, TN 37901