EPA Reports on Its Efforts to Help Water Sustainability

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing tools and timely information to help communities improve sustainability of their water systems. The agency has released two new documents that describe its efforts: "National Capacity Development Strategic Plan" and "Analysis on the Use of Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Set-Asides: Promoting Capacity Development."

EPA works with a number of partners, including organizations that provide technical assistance to small public water systems, to improve technical, managerial, and financial capacity of systems.

The strategic plan outlines how EPA, state drinking water programs, drinking water system owners and operators, and technical assistance providers will promote proactive communication and outreach to help ensure that water systems can demonstrate long-term sustainability. Funding made available through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program can be critical in advancing capacity development programs at the state level.

EPA's analysis report provides information on how states have used their funds and will help state drinking water personnel, drinking water system owners and operators, and technical assistance providers to better understand how the DWSRF can support capacity development programs and EPA's sustainable infrastructure initiative.

For information about capacity development, visit epa.gov/safewater/smallsys/ssinfo.htm

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