As part of the Safe Drinking Water Act, Congress enacted a federal law that requires EPA to establish a list of unregulated contaminates that are not part of current regulatory testing every five years. In response, EPA published a monitoring rule entitled Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR) which requires Public Water Utilities serving more than 10,000 people to perform testing. The UCMR testing assists the EPA in determining the occurrence of suspected contaminants in drinking water and whether regulation is required. The contaminants in UCMR testing are not regulated by the EPA or state and therefore do not currently have set drinking water standards. It is important to note that the presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate there is a public health risk.
In May of 2019, the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) published a report titled “What’s in My Water?: Emerging Contaminants in New York’s Drinking Water Systems”. This report summarized the results of testing performed between 2013 and 2015 by NYS Public Water Utilities serving more than 10,000 people to comply with the EPA’s Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR).Continue reading