On January 31, 2020, U.S. EPA, the Environmental Council of the States, and the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators initiated the SDWIS Modernization Board. Formed following a series of discussions over the past few months, the Board will be guiding the SDWIS Modernization process, following the principles of the E-Enterprise Digital Strategy. The Board is co-chaired by Benita Best-Wong, EPA Office of Water Deputy Assistant Administrator and by Victoria Phillips, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Enterprise Information Office Director, and will ensure integrated participation from both State and EPA drinking water program leaders and enterprise information management leaders. See the full Board Membership here.
The first phase of Board activities will largely be focused on providing input to support an Alternatives Analysis. The high-level scope of the Alternatives Analysis will be to identify and assess options for a long-term replacement of SDWIS State, that support both Primacy Agency and EPA data management needs, including new proposed requirements specified in the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions. The Alternatives Analysis is scheduled to be delivered at the end of June, with option selection in July.
The Board will continue to provide a series of updates throughout the process.
Thank you and please feel free to direct questions to Kurt Rakouskas at ECOS.