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USEPA Awards $15 Million to Help Small Drinking Water & Wastewater Systems money in water

More than 97 percent of the nation’s 157,000 public water systems serve fewer than 10,000 people, and more than 80 percent of those 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. The challenges include a lack of financial resources, aging infrastructure, management limitations and high staff turnover.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has announced nearly $15 million in funding to provide training and technical assistance to drinking water and wastewater systems that serve fewer than 10,000 people. “Small systems form the backbone of our nation’s public water system and it is a priority for EPA to help them to meet water quality standards and provide clean water to communities,” said Nancy Stoner, USEPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water. “This funding and technical assistance is part of EPA’s continuing efforts to promote sustainability and public health protection for communities served by small systems.”

The funding will also be available to private well owners, as well as Tribally-owned and operated public water systems. The Midwest Assistance Program (MAP) has received a three year grant from USEPA to develop training materials to educate Tribes about the purpose, requirements, and implementation of the Tribal Response Program (TRP). TRP established State and Tribal response programs to identify and address releases of hazardous substances and pollutants. To access more information about MAP's grant, click here.

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