Decoding UCMR3: Clear Communication with the Public about Drinking Water Contaminants

October 25, 2013

Decoding UCMR3Designed by Potomac River drinking water utilities specifically for other local water systems, this October 2013 workshop provided attendees with the necessary information to effectively communicate UCMR3 monitoring results. The first part of the meeting featured experts on the UCMR3 and the contaminants being monitored. This set the stage for a facilitated discussion in the afternoon between these experts and utility staff responsible for crafting messages about their results.

Download theĀ Agenda and Speaker Bios.


Martin Chandler, PhD, PG, Senior Scientist, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

UCMR3 Regulation Background (pdf)
Vicky Binetti, Associate Director for Drinking Water and Source Water Protection, Office of Drinking Water and Source Water Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III

UCMR3 Contaminant Occurrence, Fate, and Transport (pdf)
Michael J. Focazio, PhD, Deputy Program Coordinator, Toxic Substances Hydrology Program, Environmental Health Mission Area, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

UCMR3 Contaminant Health Effects (pdf)
Christopher P. Weis, PhD, DABT, Toxicology Liaison/Senior Adviser, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS)

Facilitated discussion on communicating monitoring results (pdf)

  • Judy Ding, PE, Deputy Director of Utilities, City of Rockville
  • Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director, Clean Water Action
  • Micah Vieux, Community Relations Specialist, Loudoun Water
  • Caroline Nguyen, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
  • Leslie Allen, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
  • Vicky Binetti, USEPA Region III
  • Lisa Ragain, Principal, Aqua Vitae
  • Mike Focazio, USGS

Water Quality Monitoring Communication Examples

Continuing Education Credits

Credits were offered to attendees from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.