EPA and USDA Work to Improve Rural Water
Partnership’s goal is to protect Americans’ health by improving rural drinking water and wastewater systems, as well as promote job training in the water industry.
Program aims to help rural areas gain better drinking water.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a national partnership to protect Americans’ health by improving rural drinking water
and wastewater systems. Nationwide, small water and sewage treatment facilities
with limited funding and resources face challenges due to rising costs and
aging equipment and pipes. The agreement will send federal resources to support
communities that need assistance and promote job training to help put people to
work while addressing the growing workforce shortage in the water industry.
and USDA have joined forces to leverage our expertise and resources to improve
drinking water and wastewater systems in small towns across the country,” says
Nancy Stoner, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water. “A critical part of this agreement is to ensure that we have a well trained,
professional workforce available to replace workers when they leave or retire.”
agreement we are announcing today represents an exciting partnership between
USDA and EPA that will greatly enhance our investments in water systems and
also in developing a skilled workforce to oversee them,” says Jonathan
Adelstein, administrator for USDA’s Rural Utilities Service. “By working together,
our agencies will strengthen their capacity to provide rural residents with
safe, clean, well-managed water and wastewater systems for years to come.”