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EPA - 163 - National Drinking Water Advisory Council - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameNational Drinking Water Advisory CouncilAgency NameEnvironmental Protection Agency
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number163
Original Establishment Date2/26/1975Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date11/24/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water
Date Of Renewal Charter11/24/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Elizabeth
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameJ.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Corr
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 300 j5Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 564-3798
Effective Date Of Authority*12/16/1974Designated Federal Officer Fax*N/A
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) is a Federal Advisory Committee that supports EPA in performing the Agency's duties and responsibilities related to the national drinking water program. The NDWAC was created on December 16, 1974, through a provision in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) of 1974. The NDWAC meets to discuss current issues in EPA's drinking water program and also advises, consults with, and makes recommendations to EPA. This includes consultations as required by the SDWA on certain rulemakings.
How is membership balanced?*The NDWAC is authorized under the SDWA, which includes a provision on the composition of the membership of the Council. The NDWAC is to have five (5) members from the general public, five (5) from interest groups and organizations and five (5) members from state and local interests. Included in the statute is a requirement that two (2) of the 15 members must represent the drinking water concerns of small, rural drinking water systems. EPA seeks to ensure geographic diversity.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Since the enactment of the 1996 SDWA Amendments, the NDWAC has provided indispensable input into EPA's standard setting, regulatory development, and program implementation activities mandated by the SDWA, as amended. As EPA carries out these statutory mandates, the agency works with the NDWAC to develop and shape future efforts that will ensure the Nation's public health protection through safe drinking water. In FY22 the NDWAC met three times to discuss agency activities and current issues in EPA's drinking water program.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Early involvement of the NDWAC provides an excellent forum for EPA to discuss and receive stakeholder input on policy, regulatory development, and program implementation issues/concerns. Moreover, the NDWAC offers an opportunity for fostering consensus advice and recommendations from a balanced and diverse group of experts in the drinking water community who may not reach agreement without working together within the structure of the NDWAC. To reach an appropriate position on difficult and controversial issues, the NDWAC organizes meetings so that all sides of an issue/concern are taken into consideration and recommendations reflect consensus.
Why close or partially close meetings?No meetings were closed or partially closed.
Recommendation RemarksAll members are Tier 1 (parent committee members). There are no Tier 2 (subcommittee) members serving.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentN/A
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentN/AGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*115Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Council provided 30 recommendations in FY 2022.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentRealistically, we are unable to provide a real number over the 35 year history of the Council. EPA considers all recommendations made and implements them as possible. However, in some cases the Administration may disagree with the Council and/or the regulatory process guides the final action. Additionally, EPA may not be able to respond due to resource constraints.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentN/AAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*EPA provides a written response to the NDWAC's recommendations.Narrative Description*The NDWAC met three-times in FY22 to discuss current issues in EPA's drinking water program including Consumer Confidence Reports potential rule revisions and a proposed National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).. Background Information: The National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) is a federal advisory committee that supports EPA in performing its duties and responsibilities related to the national drinking water program. The Council was created on December 16, 1974, through a provision in the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. NDWAC provides advice, information, and recommendations on matters related to activities, functions, policies, and regulations required by the Safe Drinking Water Act.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$3,514.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$4,800.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$141,316.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$180,177.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$10,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$2,060.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$48,604.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$54,963.00
Total Costs$193,434.00Est. Total Next FY*$252,000.00
Date Cost Last Modified9/28/2022 11:02 AMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.80Est Cost RemarksThis assumes that NDWAC will resume meeting in person starting in FY23 (i.e., using a mix of both in person and virtual annually).
Cost RemarksCost and FTE Support expected to increase when NDWAC resumes in-person meetings. All FY22 meetings were virtual. Additionally, there was no nomination solicitation in FY22 (just 1 reappointment)  
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Interest Areas

Environmental Issues
Water Use


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039192National Drinking Water Advisory Council2021
 COM-038042National Drinking Water Advisory Council2020
 COM-035607National Drinking Water Advisory Council2019
 COM-032772National Drinking Water Advisory Council2018
 COM-001753National Drinking Water Advisory Council2017
 COM-002541National Drinking Water Advisory Council2016
 COM-003868National Drinking Water Advisory Council2015
 COM-004700National Drinking Water Advisory Council2014
 COM-005995National Drinking Water Advisory Council2013
 COM-006794National Drinking Water Advisory Council2012
 COM-007868National Drinking Water Advisory Council2011
 COM-009201National Drinking Water Advisory Council2010
 COM-010162National Drinking Water Advisory Council2009
 COM-010906National Drinking Water Advisory Council2008
 COM-011808National Drinking Water Advisory Council2007
 COM-012989National Drinking Water Advisory Council2006
 COM-013905National Drinking Water Advisory Council2005
 COM-014646National Drinking Water Advisory Council2004
 COM-015635National Drinking Water Advisory Council2003
 COM-016850National Drinking Water Advisory Council2002
 COM-017715National Drinking Water Advisory Council2001
 COM-018681National Drinking Water Advisory Council2000
 COM-019485National Drinking Water Advisory Council1999
 COM-020545National Drinking Water Advisory Council1998
 COM-021595National Drinking Water Advisory Council1997