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EPA, Region 4 Announces the Winners of Region 4 2004 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) Awards

Release Date: 12/04/2004
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov
The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 announced today the winners in the Region 4 2004 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) Awards.

The award categories are based on system size. The winners are:

Small Surface Water - Belton-Honea Path Water Authority, Honea Path, South Carolina
Small Ground Water
- Pineview Water System, Raleigh, North Carolina
Medium Surface Water
- City of Landrum, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Medium Ground Water
- Eglin Air Force Base, Eglin, Florida
Large Surface Water
- Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority, Beaufort, South Carolina
Large Ground Water
- City of Eufaula Water Works, Eufaula, Alabama

The criteria for the awards include: listing the source of drinking water (surface water, groundwater, or a combination); the system’s susceptibility to contamination based on a completed Source Water Assessment (SWA) and information on how to obtain a copy of the SWA; a list of likely sources and potential health effects of detected contaminants; compliance with state and federal standards;  water utility phone number and meeting dates; the Safe Drinking Water Act Hotline number; a table with appropriate conversions and explanations for detected contaminants.  Extra points are given for community outreach and education activities.

The CCR rule requires community water systems to provide annual reports to customers on the quality of their drinking water.  The reports tell customers where their drinking water comes from, what is in it, and how they can protect it.  The CCR Rule is a result of the 1996 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act.