Date: Tue Aug 24 1999 - 14:10:07 CDT
As a drinking water public right-to-know initiative, EPA has set
up a National Drinking Water Contaminant Occurrence Database, the
first national database to contain information on regulated and
unregulated contaminants in public drinking water systems and
their source water supplies. Accessible through the Internet, the
database makes available data not previously accessible to the
public about contaminants in drinking water The database will
continue to be upgraded to provide current data.
EPA believes the public should use this data cautiously since
many of the contaminants occur below health effects or regulatory
levels or are rarely found.
The database is a key provision of the l996 Safe Drinking Water
Act, which directed EPA to assemble and maintain the database
from information on the occurrence of both regulated and
unregulated contaminants in public water systems and from
reliable information from other public and private sources. It
also will be used widely for public health, scientific and
The database is available at: http://www.epa.gov/ncod. The
general public can get additional information from EPA's drinking
water Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/safewater, or by calling
EPA's drinking water hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
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