December 12, 2014
In pursuing the next round of competitive grant awards for training and technical assistance support for small systems, as authorized by Congress, EPA’s OGWDW issued a Request for Applications with a closing date of September 2, 2014. Throughout the Fall, applications were reviewed and scored by internal EPA panels, and selections have now been made. The announcement below summarizes the outcome of the competition. Please note that this is a selection announcement only; the actual grant awards are expected to be made in the Spring of 2015.
EPA Awards $12.7 Million to Help Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems Across the Country
EPA’s Fiscal Year 2014 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 and to assist private well owners. The funding will help provide water system staff with training and tools to enhance system operations and management practices, and supports EPA’s continuing efforts to protect public health and promote sustainability in small communities. Selections for awards have been made and the following organizations will perform the following work:
- National Rural Water Association ($4M) and Rural Community Assistance Partnership ($4M) – 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 ($1.8 M) – 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 ($1.2M) – 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 ($1.7M) – assist private drinking water well owners with information they need to protect their drinking water supply and improve water quality.