Drinking Water Utilities Sought for Contaminant Warning System Pilot Projects

EPA is requesting applications for demonstration pilots of drinking water contamination warning systems. The agency's announcement is part of EPA's Water Security (WS) initiative, which strives to address the risk of intentional contamination of drinking water distribution systems.

A contaminant warning system uses advanced monitoring technologies/strategies and enhanced surveillance activities to collect, integrate, analyze and communicate information. The goal is to provide a timely warning of potential water contamination incidents in order to minimize public health and economic impacts. Applications must address specified monitoring and surveillance components, a consequence management plan and a review and evaluation plan.

EPA officials stated on June 18 they anticipate that about $31 million will be available to fund up to four cooperative agreements for these demonstration pilots, depending on agency funding levels and other applicable considerations. The federal portion for each cooperative agreement is anticipated to range between $3 million and $12 million, and awardees will have to provide a minimum 20 percent cost-share/match of the total project cost.

Applications will be accepted only from local governments or institutions (either public or private nonprofit organizations) that operate community water systems serving at least 750,000 people. Applications through Grants.gov must be received by Aug. 10.The request for applications and additional information on the WS initiative is available at http://cfpub.epa.gov/safewater/watersecurity/initiative.cfm.

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