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EPA Announces $15 Million in Grants to Help Small Drinking and Wastewater Systems in Local Communities

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Bill Shuster is pleased to announce that EPA has announced $15 million in competitive funding for training and technical assistance to public water and wastewater systems in urban and rural communities.

According to EPA, more than 97 percent of the nation’s 157,000 public water systems serve fewer than 10,000 people. 80 percent of these systems serve fewer than 500 people.  Many of these water systems face financial and staffing shortfalls, which hinder their ability to comply with EPA rules for safe drinking water.

The funding has been designated to assist those water systems that serve fewer than 10,000 people as well as private well owners with technical assistance, staff training and tools to help communities remain in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.

EPA must receive applications for this competitive funding by April 9th.  Final awards will be announced this summer.  Communities interested in applying for funding should visit http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/sdwa/smallsystemsrfa.cfm for more information on the program.