Thursday, May 24, 2012

Finished Water Storage Facility Inspection Rule

EPA is considering proposing the addition of finished water storage facility inspection (SFI) requirements to the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR). In the preamble to the July 2010 proposed RTCR (75 FR 40926), EPA requested comment on the value and cost of storage facility inspection and cleaning.

EPA received comments regarding unsanitary conditions and contamination that can be found in finished water storage facilities that are not routinely inspected and cleaned, including breaches and accumulation of sediment, animals, insects, and other contaminants. While EPA could finalize such requirements based on the comments received on proposed RTCR, the Agency is considering a proposal in order to allow interested parties to comment and provide relevant information. EPA is considering requirements for public water systems to inspect the interior and exterior of their finished water storage facilities at least once every five years and to correct any sanitary defects found. Any potential requirements would apply to all public water systems that have one or more finished water storage facilities. Like the final RTCR, the proposed storage tank inspection requirements will maintain or improve public health protection by reducing cases of illnesses, and possibly deaths, due to exposure to waterborne pathogens.

EPA current projects a Notice of Proposed Rule Making will be published in the Federal Register in August 2012.

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