Abstract:The purpose of this information collection is to identify the infrastructure needs of public water systems for the 20-year period from January 2011 through December 2031. EPA's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW) will collect these data to comply with Sections 1452(h) and 1452(i)(4) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j-12).
EPA will use a questionnaire to collect capital investment need information from community water systems serving more than 3,300 persons and from American Indian and Alaskan Native Village community water systems and not-for-profit non-community water systems serving more than 25 persons. Participation in the survey is voluntary. The data from the questionnaires will provide EPA with a basis for estimating the nationwide infrastructure needs of public water systems. Also, as mandated by section 1452(a)(1)(D)(ii) of the Safe Drinking Water Act, EPA uses the results of the latest survey to allocate Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) monies to the states. Under the allotment formula, each state receives a grant of the annual DWSRF appropriation in proportion to its share of the total national need—with the proviso that each state receives at least one percent of the total funds available.
Burden Statement:Over the entire survey effort, the annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information isestimated to average 7.55 hours per response for states and water system respondents combined. However, nearly all of the responses from water systems will occur in the single year of 2011. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purposes of collecting, validating, and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; adjust the existing ways to comply with any previously applicable instructions and requirements which have subsequently changed; train personnel to be able to respond to a collection of information; search data sources; complete and review the collection of information; and transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The ICR provides a detailed explanation of the Agency's estimate, which is only briefly summarized here:
Respondents/Affected Entities:Private and Public Water Systems, States, Tribes.
Estimated Number of Respondents:3,176.
Frequency of Response:Once.
Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden:16,332 hours.
Estimated Total Annual Cost:$615,842. This cost is exclusively for labor as there are no capital investment or operations and maintenance costs.
Changes in the Estimates:There is no currently approved burden as this ICR was previously discontinued during the gap between the three-year ICR cycle and the four-year Needs Survey cycle. The 2011 survey requests 988 more hours of burden annually than the 2007 survey due to higher observed response rates, survey modifications and an increased number of tribes participating in the survey.
Dated: December 3, 2010.
Director, Collection Strategies Division.