USDA Rural Development Water and Environmental Programs
Through Rural Utilities Service Water and Environmental Programs (WEP), rural communities obtain the technical assistance and financing necessary to develop drinking water and waste disposal systems. Safe drinking water and sanitary waste disposal systems are vital not only to public health, but also to the economic vitality of rural America. Rural Development is a leader in helping rural America improve the quality of life and increase the economic opportunities for rural people.
WEP provides funding for the construction of water and waste facilities in rural communities and is proud to be the only Federal program exclusively focused on rural water and waste infrastructure needs of rural communities with populations of 10,000 or less. WEP also provides funding to organizations that provide technical assistance and training to rural communities in relation to their water and waste activities. WEP is administered through National Office staff in Washington, DC, and a network of field staff in each State.
Drinking Water Requirements for States and Public Water Systems
Providing safe drinking water is a partnership that involves EPA, the states, tribes, water systems, and water system operators. The public drinking water systems regulated by EPA and delegated states and tribes provide drinking water to 90 percent of Americans.
A public water system provides water for human consumption through pipes or other constructed conveyances to at least 15 service connections or serves an average of at least 25 people for at least 60 days a year. A public water system may be publicly or privately owned.
There are over 148,000 public water systems in the United States. EPA classifies these water systems according to the number of people they serve, the source of their water, and whether they serve the same customers year-round or on an occasional basis.
NvWARN member utilities are invited to participate in a 4-hour virtual Table-Top Exercise. EARTHEx is FREE. All you need is an internet connection. The goal is to review internal policies and agency response actions in extreme,”Black Sky” hazard scenarios: Subcontinent-scale power outages with cascading infrastructure failures. The exercise will focus on four primary areas: Executive and senior operational decision-making “Initiating and coordinating initial sector response and restoration actions “Multi-sector emergency communication and coordination “Developing sector recommendations for Improved restoration support and resilience. Contact John Hines for info or http://www.eiscouncil.com/EarthEx to register your utility.