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Release Date: 10/22/2002
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, EPA Media Relations, 404-562-8421
The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 announced today the winners in the Region 4 2002 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) Awards.

The award categories are based on system size. The winners are:

Small Surface Water - Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia

Small Ground Water - Alligator Park, Punta Gorda, Florida

Medium Ground Water -Hurlburt Field, Hurlburt, Florida

Medium Surface Water -Butts County, Jackson, Georgia

Large Ground Water -City of N. Miami Beach, North Miami Beach, Florida

Large Surface Water - Spartanburg Water System, Spartanburg, South Carolina

The criteria for the awards include: listing the source of drinking water (surface water, groundwater, or a combination); the system=s susceptibility to contamination based on a completed Source Water Assessment (SWA) and information on how to obtain a copy of the SWA; a list of likely sources and potential health effects of detected contaminants; compliance with state and federal standards; water utility phone number and meeting dates; the Safe Drinking Water Act Hotline number; a table with appropriate conversions and explanations for detected contaminants. Extra points are given for community outreach and education activities.

The CCR rule requires community water systems to provide annual reports to customers on the quality of their drinking water. Reports under the CCR rule will give consumers information on their drinking water and opportunities to get involved in its protection. The CCR Rule is a result of the 1996 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act.