4072.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 - 9:00 AM

Abstract #14920

Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs):What, Why and the Goals of Policy Makers

John Gregoire, MA, RS, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Building #1, 100 First Ave, Charlestown, MA 02129, 617-788-653, John.Gregoire@mwra.state.ma.us

The Consumer Confidence Report Rule was developed under the 1996 amendments to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The goal of this annual report is to present information to consumers on their drinking water -- where it comes from, and how it is tested and treated. The federal regulations were developed in part in response to environmental organizations that consumers have a "right to know" about their water supply. While some water suppliers have had success in communicating this information, traditionally the technical nature of the information prohibited a widespread understanding. The CCR guidance developed by EPA directs water suppliers to present their information and water quality data in an understandable format so that consumers can make informed decisions for themselves and their families. By gaining insight into their water supply through this educational report, consumers would be more likely to help protect drinking water sources and to understand the true costs of safe drinking water. Ultimately, as consumers become more familiar with their drinking water supply, they will be better participants in the decisions affecting it.

Learning Objectives: After this session attendees will be able to: 1) discuss the background and history of CCRs 2) describe the goals of CCR reporting 3) discuss the challenges these reports pose for tarditional water supply agencies

Keywords: Risk Communication, Environmental Exposures

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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