EPA releases water quality dashboard
- By Mark Pomerleau
- Apr 22, 2015
Ever wonder if the water you’re drinking water is safe? Or just how well a given state, territory or tribal region is complying with statutory water-quality guidelines? The Environmental Protection Agency’s newly released open-data tool addresses both questions head on.
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) dashboard tracks public water system compliance with clean water laws.
The dashboard details violations, water-facility inspection visits and enforcement actions, while also providing information on the range of public water systems themselves. It is part of the EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online website, which provides the public with a range of tools for learning about local facilities and their compliance with environmental regulations. According to an EPA announcement, citizens can investigate “pollution sources, examine and create enforcement-related maps or explore any state's performance with respect to several environmental laws."
The EPA is marketing the new SDWA dashboard, not only as a tool for greater transparency, but also a way to provide members of the public with the useful government data to do so. “With expanded access to data, anyone can get informed and help play a role in keeping communities safe and healthy,” EPA said.
Mark Pomerleau is a former editorial fellow with GCN and Defense Systems.