US agency looks to improve water quality for small enterprises
The US Environmental Protection Agency is to provide up to $15m in funding for training and technical assistance to small drinking and wastewater systems across the States.
Systems that serve fewer than 10,000 people, and private well owners, will qualify for the grants. The funding will help provide water system staff with training and tools to enhance system operations and management practices.
Most of the funding will provide support for schemes to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act and to improve water quality.
More than 97% of the nation's 157,000 public water systems serve fewer than 10,000 people, and more than 80% of these systems serve fewer than 500 people.
Many small systems face challenges in providing reliable drinking water and wastewater services that meet federal and state regulations. These include a lack of financial resources, aging infrastructure, management limitations and high staff turnover.