May 2018 Vol 73 No. 5


EPA Awards $25.4 Million to Support Small Drinking Water, Wastewater Systems

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding more than $25 million in grants to help the country’s small drinking and wastewater systems, and private well owners, better protect public health and the environment.

The grants will fund training and technical assistance to help workforces at these small organizations improve operations, comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act, identify when critical infrastructure repairs and upgrades are needed, and understand how EPA can help support those efforts.
Grantees are:

National Rural Water Association – $8.1 million to achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Rural Community Assistance Partnership – $8.1 million for compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, and $5.6.million to improve water quality by working with small publicly owned wastewater and on-site/decentralized wastewater systems ($2.2 million) and private well owners ($3.4 million).

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (on behalf of the Environmental Finance Center Network) – $3.6 million to improve financial and managerial capacity to provide safe drinking water.

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