EPA Shuts Down Database Access – WatrHub Steps Up
At WatrHub, we are constantly looking for diverse data sources to contribute towards our growing database of critical industrial and municipal wastewater plant information. Our goal is to take data from numerous fragmented and unstructured sources, to make it accessible and actionable for all. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one example of the many credible data sources that are included in the WatrHub Platform, which we then use to layer on meaningful insights, visualizations and analysis for our clients.
This week’s U.S. government shutdown has affected more than 800,000 federal workers across the country. The EPA will be largely closed because of the shutdown, with 94% of agency employees staying home from work. This is an unfortunate circumstance, and we are sympathetic to the thousands of employees who have been affected. Over the past few months, we have worked closely with numerous EPA regulatory offices on data requests. They have worked diligently to help expand our knowledge of the database, even continuing to support us during the final hours before the shutdown.
The EPA provides detailed information on thousands of permitted drinking water and wastewater facilities, and their databases will not be accessible until the federal government reopens.
There is no doubt that many organizations depend on this valuable data, much of which we have archived as part of our comprehensive data survey. WatrHub would like to offer assistance to any organizations that are in need of this data, at no cost. We’re happy to work with any types of data requests at this time, so please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll get back to you within a few hours.