EPIC created the Water Data Prize competition to inspire new approaches to sharing information about water quality that help all consumers make informed decisions about whether their water is safe to drink. With just a two-month window, more than 30 organizations and individuals in the water sector submitted entries to the Water Data Prize, and an esteemed panel of judges reviewed the submissions looking for simple and effective ways to communicate about health data to as many people as possible.
When we examine the winning entries, but also almost two dozen other entries, patterns emerged in what entrants submitted to us and that can be useful to any utilities’ effort to adjust their CCR.
We are excited to share our latest report that summarizes key takeaways from the 2020 Water Data Prize, and illustrates how water quality reports can be transformed with data visualizations, translation services and community input.
Read the full report here.
Recommendations from the 2020 water data prize
- Translate complex information using simple graphics
- Use plain language
- Elevate local water quality concerns
- Make information accessible
- Encourage customer engagement
- Innovate with emerging or established technologies
- Ease implementation through low cost features
The graphics below illustrate a snapshot of best practices in action.
Below are some articles and guidelines on CCRs:
- Quick reference guide to the CCR Rule of 1998 from EPA (2009)
- Guidance from EPA (2010)
- Best practices guide from AWWA (2013)
- Guidance from CDC (2015)
- Best practices factsheet from EPA (2015)
- OpFlow article from Virginia Tech researchers (2017)