[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 206 (Wednesday, October 25, 2006)]
[Pages 62439-62440]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-17877]



[EPA-HQ-OW-2006-0486; FRL-8234-4]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Comment Request; 2007 Drinking Water 
Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment; Agency Information 
Collection; EPA ICR No. 2234.01; OMB Control No. 2040-NEW

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request for a new 
collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of 
the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.

DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before November 24, 

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ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-
2006-0486, to (1) EPA online using http://www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method), by e-mail to barles.robert@epa.gov or by mail to: 
Water Docket, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, Mailcode: 4101T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20460, and (2) OMB by mail to: Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attention: Desk Officer 
for EPA, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    Note: The EPA Docket Center suffered damage due to flooding 
during the last week of June 2006. The Docket Center is continuing 
to operate. However, during the cleanup, there will be temporary 
changes to Docket Center telephone numbers, addresses, and hours of 
operation for people who wish to make hand deliveries or visit the 
Public Reading Room to view documents. Consult EPA's Federal 
Register notice at 71 FR 38147 (July 5, 2006) or the EPA Web site at 
http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm for current information on 
docket operations, locations and telephone numbers. The Docket 
Center's mailing address for U.S. mail and the procedure for 
submitting comments to www.regulations.gov are not affected by the 
flooding and will remain the same.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Barles, Office of Ground Water 
and Drinking Water (4606M) Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 
564-3814; fax number: (202) 564-3757; e-mail address: 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EPA has submitted the following ICR to OMB 
for review and approval according to the procedures prescribed in 5 CFR 
1320.12. On June 5, 2006 (71 FR 32344), EPA sought comments on this ICR 
pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received 1 comment during the comment 
period, which is addressed in the ICR. Any additional comments on this 
ICR should be submitted to EPA and OMB within 30 days of this notice.
    EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID 
No. EPA-HQ-OW-2006-0486, which is available for online viewing at 
http://www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the Water Docket in 
the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution 
Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room is 
open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding 
legal holidays. The telephone number for the Reading Room is (202) 566-
1744, and the telephone number for the Water Docket is (202) 566-2426.
    Use EPA's electronic docket and comment system at http://www.regulations.gov, to submit or view public comments, access the 
index listing of the contents of the docket, and to access those 
documents in the docket that are available electronically. Once in the 
system, select ``docket search,'' then key in the docket ID number 
identified above. Please note that EPA's policy is that public 
comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made 
available for public viewing at http://www.regulations.gov as EPA 
receives them and without change, unless the comment contains 
copyrighted material, CBI, or other information whose public disclosure 
is restricted by statute. For further information about the electronic 
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov.
    Title: 2007 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and 
    ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 2234.01; OMB Control No. 2040-new.
    ICR Status: This ICR is for a new information collection activity. 
An Agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to 
respond to, a collection of information, unless it displays a currently 
valid OMB control number. The OMB control numbers for EPA's regulations 
in title 40 of the CFR, after appearing in the Federal Register when 
approved, are listed in 40 CFR part 9, are displayed either by 
publication in the Federal Register or by other appropriate means, such 
as on the related collection instrument or form, if applicable. The 
display of OMB control numbers in certain EPA regulations is 
consolidated in 40 CFR part 9.
    Abstract: The purpose of this information collection is to identify 
the infrastructure needs of community public water systems for the 20-
year period from January 2007 through December 2027. EPA's Office of 
Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW) will collect these data to 
comply with Sections 1452(h) and 1452(i)(4) of the Safe Drinking Water 
Act (42 U.S.C. 300j-12). EPA will use a questionnaire to collect 
capital investment need information from large (serving more than 
100,000 people) and medium (serving more than 3,300 people but less 
than 100,000) community water systems. The questionnaire will also be 
used by EPA survey teams in visits to 400 to 600 statistically-selected 
small (serving less than 3,300 people) community water systems to 
ascertain their infrastructure needs. Participation in the survey is 
voluntary. The data from the questionnaires will provide EPA with a 
basis for estimating the nationwide infrastructure needs of community 
water systems. Also, as mandated by Section 1452(a)(1) (D)(ii) of the 
Safe Drinking Water Act, EPA uses the results of the latest survey to 
allocate Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) monies to the 
States. Under the allotment formula, each State receives a grant of the 
annual DWSRF appropriation in proportion to its share of the total 
national need--with the proviso that each State receives at least 1 
percent of the total funds available.
    Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 7.62 
hours per response for Local Government Owned Water Systems; 5.68 hours 
per response for Privately Owned Water Systems; 6.72 hours per response 
for State Government Owned Water Systems; and 18.7 hours per response 
for State and U.S. Territories Water Agencies. Burden means the total 
time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, 
maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a 
Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; 
develop, acquire, install, and utilize technology and systems for the 
purposes of collecting, validating, and verifying information, 
processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing 
information; adjust the existing ways to comply with any previously 
applicable instructions and requirements which have subsequently 
changed; train personnel to be able to respond to a collection of 
information; search data sources; complete and review the collection of 
information; and transmit or otherwise disclose the information.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Local Government Owned Water 
Systems, Privately Owned Water Systems, State Government Owned Water 
Systems, and State and U.S. Territories Water Agencies.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,193.
    Frequency of Response: 0.33 times per year.
    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 15,343.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $513,462 includes $0 annualized 
capital or O&M costs.

    Dated: October 18, 2006.
Rick Westlund,
Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
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