Since 2009, EPA's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW) has been trying to replace its aging and technologically obsolete SDWIS State system. Originally designed in the mid-1990s and based on a data model going back to the 1980s, the majority of the States, Territories, and EPA Regions use SDWIS State to help manage their drinking water programs. To avoid a fifth incarnation, OGWDW needs to ensure the new system meets today's needs.
A recent Association for State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) report commented on the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS). This article addresses inaccuracies about SDWIS in the report that may affect user expectations.