EPA to Assist Small Water, Wastewater Systems
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:
- Provide training and technical assistance to small public water systems to achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA);
- Provide training and technical assistance to small public water systems on a wide range of managerial and/or financial subjects to achieve and maintain compliance with the SDWA; or
- Provide training and technical assistance to small publicly-owned wastewater systems, communities served by onsite/decentralized wastewater systems and private well owners to help improve water quality.
The deadline for submitting an application is Sept. 16, 2013.
For more information, visit http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/sdwa/smallsystemsrfa.cfm.