Secondary Contaminants: Environmental and Economic Considerations

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The Environmental Protection Agency has established National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations (NSDWRs) that establish non-mandatory water quality standards for 15 contaminants that can be found in drinking water. These secondary standards relate to aesthetic considerations of drinking water such as taste, color, and odor. While the EPA does not enforce these “secondary maximum contaminants levels”, these guidelines assist public water systems in managing their drinking water systems. Many PUCs come into contact with secondary contaminants, not as direct regulators, but through customer complaints. As conversations about the impacts of secondary contaminants on water service become more common, it is important to consider the role that Public Utility Commissions can play.

This webinar will provide critical perspectives on secondary contaminants from several of the stakeholders involved in this issue. Topics include:

  • Impacts of water treatment and infrastructure on secondary contaminants
  • Models for PUC intervention and engagement
  • Cost recovery options for additional water treatment methods 

Moderator:
Hon. Jack W. Betkoski III, Vice Chairman, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority

Panelists: 
David Montgomery Moore, Esq., Earth and Water Law Group
Sunil Pillai, P.E., Water Quality Manager, Golden State Water Company
David Schultise, Water Quality Engineer, Golden State Water Company
Moises Chavez, Senior Regulatory Analyst, California Public Utilities Council
Christine Maloni Hoover, Senior Assistant Consumer Counsel,  Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate