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The Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC) has announced the Water Data Prize, a competition to find new and innovative ways to create Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR). According to EPIC, currently available CCRs are not easily accessible or understood by people. The organization believes “there are creative ideas for how to communicate this critically important information and this competition is a way to spotlight those ideas and share them with EPA, state agencies, utilities, and trade associations.” EPIC’s intent is to “share the best ideas with decision makers and improve public trust in our water systems.”

The challenge is open to anyone age 18 or older participating as an individual or as part of a team. Any teams must have at least one U.S.-based member. EPIC will award at least one $5,000 prize and multiple prizes of slightly lesser value to the top-scoring submissions. The challenge is open until December 1 and the winners will be selected in January.