EPA and USDA Announce New Partnership to Address Rural Water and Wastewater Systems

Posted on: August 15th, 2011 by Deborah Cox

On August 8, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a national partnership to improve rural drinking water and wastewater systems.  Water and sewage treatment facilities across the U.S. face challenges due to rising costs and aging equipment and pipes.  The partnership will promote jobs by “targeting specific audiences, providing training for new water careers and coordinating outreach efforts that will bring greater public visibility to the workforce needs of the industry, and develop a new generation of trained water professionals.” The Memo of Agreement between the two agencies is available here (http://water NULL.epa NULL.gov/type/drink/pws/smallsystems/upload/epausdamoaruraldevelopmentruralutilitiesservicejune2011 NULL.pdf).  Additional information on EPA’s small water systems programs is available here (http://water NULL.epa NULL.gov/type/drink/pws/smallsystems/index NULL.cfm)Additional information on USDA’s water and environmental programs for rural communities is available here (http://www NULL.rurdev NULL.usda NULL.gov/UWEP_HomePage NULL.html).

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