Representative C. W. Bill Young is pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revised their regulations to allow the electronic distribution of yearly water quality reports, known as Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR). Similar to legislation introduced by Representative Young last Congress, which received bipartisan support from 64 members of Congress, this common-sense change will allow local water systems to save money while ensuring their customers are still provided with the important information on the source and quality of the water they use on a daily basis.
"I am thankful to Congressman Young for everything he did to bring this to the attention of the EPA, which has now amended their regulations to adopt these meaningful changes," said Mayor Bill Mischler, former President of the Pinellas County Mayors' Council. "This shows the importance of every individual's involvement in our government as this all started with a concerned citizen who showed me how much this one mailing requirement was costing the taxpayers of Pinellas County and the Nation. After he raised this issue with me, the Mayors' Council of Pinellas County asked Congressman Young to introduce the legislation that helped prompt the EPA to make this important change."
"This change in regulation can be attributed to passionate individuals who refused to accept the status quo and fought to allow electronic distribution of these reports," Young said. "I would like to thank my constituents, including the Mayors' Council of Pinellas County, for bringing this issue to my attention and I am honored that legislation I introduced played a part in convincing the EPA to make this revision, which will benefit both consumers and community water systems."
Every year approximately 53,000 water systems are required to produce a CCR, which is sent to consumers to provide important information about the safety of their water. Prior to this regulatory update, community water systems were required to individually mail a paper version of the report to every user in their system. Now they can chose to mail a paper copy of the report to their users or provide direct access via email or website link. "The EPA has not only recognized the importance of allowing our community water systems the flexibility to determine which current form of communication will most benefit their customers, but has also ensured that future technological advances can be adopted," Young said.