EPA to award $12.7 million for training and technical assistance
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $12.7 million in grants to help small drinking and wastewater systems — those serving fewer than 10,000 people — and to private well owners. The grantees will provide training and technical assistance to improve small system operations and management practices, promote system sustainability and support EPA’s mission to protect public health and the environment.
“Small systems comprise the vast majority of our nation’s public water systems and it is a priority for EPA to help them to meet drinking water quality standards and provide clean water to communities,” said Nancy Stoner, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water. “This funding and technical assistance supports EPA’s continuing efforts to promote sustainability and public health protection for communities served by small systems.”
The awards will include:
More than 97% of the nation’s 157,000 public water systems serve fewer than 10,000 people, and more than 80% of those systems serve fewer than 500 people. Many small systems face unique 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 and high staff turnover.