Water: Safe Drinking Water Act
Training and Technical Assistance for Small Systems
EPA’s Fiscal Year 2013 appropriation directed the Agency to competitively award $12.7 million for training and technical assistance to public water systems and wastewater systems located in urban and rural communities. The funding will help provide water system staff with training and tools to enhance system operations and management practices, and support EPA’s continuing efforts to protect public health and promote sustainability in small communities. Preliminary selections for awards have been made and these organizations will perform the following work:
- National Rural Water Association ($4.5M) and Rural Community Assistance Partnership ($4.5M) – provide training and technical assistance for small public water systems across the country to achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ($2M) - help small public water systems across the country improve their financial and managerial capabilities to effectively provide safe drinking water over the long-term.
- National Rural Water Association ($1.4M) – assist small publicly-owned wastewater systems and decentralized wastewater systems to improve operational performance over the long term, thereby improving public health and water quality.
- Rural Community Assistance Partnership ($300K) – assist private drinking water well owners with information they need to protect their drinking water supply and improve water quality.
This initiative supports EPA’s continuing efforts to promote sustainability and public health protection for communities served by small systems.