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Funding will help support efforts to protect public health, promote sustainability in small communities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award up to $12.7 million for projects to provide training and technical assistance to small public water systems, small publicly-owned wastewater systems and communities served by onsite or decentralized wastewater systems, and private well owners. More than 97% of the nation's 157,000 public water systems serve fewer than 100,000 people, and more than 80% of these systems serve fewer than 500 people. Many small systems face challenges in providing reliable drinking water and wastewater services that meet federal and state regulations. These challenges can include a lack of financial resources, aging infrastructure, management limitations and high staff turnover.
EPA expects to award four to nine cooperative agreements to:
The deadline for submitting an application is Sept. 16, 2013.
For more information, visit http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/sdwa/smallsystemsrfa.cfm.