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INFORMATIONAL LETTER: 26

 

POLICY CODE:JLC

 

TO: ††††††††††††††† Superintendents of Schools, Facilities Directors, Building Principals

 

FROM:†††††††††† Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner, Department of Education

 

DATE: †††††††††† September 19, 2003

 

SUBJECT:†††† New Federal EPA Standards For Arsenic Levels in Water Systems and New Testing Standards for Disinfection (Bleaching) of Water Systems

 

The Maine Rural Water Association (MRWA) has advised the Department of Education of two recent changes in regulations that will be implemented by the Maine Drinking Water Program as of January 1, 2004.These changes have the potential to impact schools that have non-transient non-community water systems (NTCWS), private wells.To provide more information, the Maine Drinking Water Program, MRWA, the federal EPA and the UMO George Mitchell Center are offering training sessions.

 

ONE.The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new regulations that have lowered the maximum contaminant level for arsenic from 50 parts per billion (ppb) to 10 ppb.MRWA indicates that this impacts over 40 Maine schools that have private wells.Indications are that remediation can be expensive.The following training sessions are being offered:

 

††††††††††† September 23†††††††††††††† Washington Community College †††††††††† Calais

††††††††††† September 24†††††††††††††† Black Bear Inn†††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Orono

††††††††††† September 30†††††††††††††† Pineland Center †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† New Gloucester

††††††††††† October 1††††††††††††††††††† Captainís Galley†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Old Orchard Beach

 

Contact Carlton Gardner at the MRWA at 729-6569 or www.mainerwa.org to register.

 

TWO. Non-transient non-community water systems (NTCWS), which are most Maine schools using a private well, are subject to new water testing rules.For those NTCWS that utilize a disinfectant (bleach) as any part of their treatment program, new water testing procedures and tests are required.These new tests are more expensive and involved.To provide more information, a training sessions is being offering via a federal EPA Satellite Broadcast on September 24, 2003 at the following sites:

 

††††††††††† Indian Island†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Old Town

††††††††††† Togus VA Hospital†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Augusta†††††††††††

††††††††††† Franklin Memorial Hospital†††††††††††††††††† Farmington

††††††††††† Houlton Regional Hospital†††††††††††††††††††† Houlton

 

NOTICE:September 24th satellite transmissions are postponed due to satellite difficulties.

 

Contact Carlton Gardner at the MRWA at 729-6569 or www.mainerwa.org to register.

 

For further information on either of these topics or for further registration information, please contact the Maine Rural Water Association at 729-6569 or www.mainerwa.org