United States
Environmental Protection
Agency Information Collection
Activities: Proposed
Collection; Comment Request;
2003 Drinking Water
Infrastructure Needs Survey


                                  Federal Register/Vol. 67, No.  136/Tuesday, July 16, 2002/Notices
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Agency Information Collection
Activities: Proposed Collection; ;
Comment Request; 2003 Drinking
Water Infrastructure Needs Survey

AGENCY: Environmental Protection
Agency.                       - \
ACTION: Notice.                 i

SUMMARY: In compliance with the,
Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C.
3501 et seq.), this notice announces that
the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) is planning to submit the
following proposed Information
Collectipn Request (ICR) to the Office of
Management and Budget,(OMB): 2003
Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs
Survey, EPA ICR #2085.01. Before
submitting the ICR to OMB for review
and approval, EPA is soliciting   !
comments on specific aspects of the
proposed information collection as
described below.               j
DATES: Comments must be submitted on
or before September 16, 2002.    ;
ADDRESSES: A copy of the proposed ICR
may be requested from and comm'ents
may be mailed to David Travers, ,
Drinking Water Protection Division
(Mailcode 4606), Office of Ground
Water and Drinking Water, U.S.  EPA,
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., \
Washington, DC 20460. Copies of jthe
proposed ICR also may be obtained from
the Safe Drinking Water Hotline, toll-
free at (800) 426-4791. Hours of ]
operation are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (ET),
Monday—Friday, excluding Federal
David Travers, (202) 564-4638, fak (202)'
564-3757, e-mail:               !
  Affected entities: Entities potentially
affected by this action are those  Wjhich
own, operate or regulate community
water systems including, but not limited
to, owners/operators of community
water systems, State Environmental
Water Quality Agencies, and State  •
Departments of Health.  '
  Title: 2003  Drinking Water
Infrastructure Needs Survey, EPAjICR
#2085.01.                      :
  Abstract: The purpose of this
information collection is to identify the
infrastructure needs of community
public water systems for the 20-year
period from January 2003 through
December 2022. 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.
  EPA will use a questionnaire to
collect capital  investment information
from large (serving more than 50,000
people)  and medium (serving more than
3,300 people) community water
systems. Participation in the survey is
voluntary. Information submitted to
EPA as part of the survey will be made
available upon request under th.e
Freedom of Information Act. However,
EPA's experience with the previous two
surveys indicate that these data are
rarely, if ever,  requested.  The data from
the questionnaires will provide EPA
with a basis for estimating the
nationwide infrastructure needs of
community water systems. Also, as
mandated by Section 1452(a)(l)(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 receive at least
1% of the total funds available.
  An agency may not conduct or
sponsor, and a person is not required to
respond to, a collection of information
unless it displays a currently valid OMB
control number. The OMB control
numbers for EPA's regulations are listed
in 40 CFR part 9 and 48 CFR Chapter
  The EPA would like to solicit
comments to:
  (i) Evaluate  whether the proposed
collection of information is necessary
for the proper performance of the
functions of the agency, including
whether the information  will have
practical utility;
   (ii) Evaluate the accuracy of the
agency's estimate of the burden of the
proposed collection of information,
including the  validity of the
methodology and assumptions used;
   (iii) Enhance the quality, utility, and
clarity of the information to be
collected; and
   (iv) Minimize the burden of the
collection of information on those who
are to respond, including through the
use of appropriate automated electronic,
mechanical, or other technological
collection techniques or other forms of
information technology, e.g., permitting
electronic submission of responses.
  Burden Statement: It is estimated that
this information collection will involve
a total cost burden to the respondents of
$1,229,764 and a total hour burden to
the respondents of 45,057 hours. There
will be no capital, start-up or operation
and maintenance costs but the
collection will involve a one time
response, from 3,790 respondents, of
approximately 11.8 hours per  -
respondent. 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; 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.
  Dated: July 10, 2002.
Cynthia Dougherty,
Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking
[FR Doc. 02-17877 Filed 7-15-02; 8:45 am]

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