L/SFR Sneak Preview: EPA, USDA Form Rural Water Systems Partnership

August 16, 2011 | By Liza Casabona | Post a Comment

(This post is excerpted from a story in the Aug. 22 issue of Local/State Funding Report.)The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a national partnership focused on improving drinking water and wastewater systems in rural areas.

The agreement will dedicate federal resources to support communities that need help with their water systems and will help train workers for employment in the sector. The new initiative is part of the Obama administration’s drive to bring more resources to bear in rural areas through investments in infrastructure, broadband access, education and health care.

According to EPA and USDA the agencies will create more trained water professionals by collaborating to promote jobs, provide training and coordinate outreach efforts. The agencies will work with states and water industries on broad job recruitment and training strategies. The initiative will also help rural utilities improve their operations and develop long-term plans to cut costs and improve the quality of their systems.

For more information about the rural water systems  partnership, subscribers to Local/State Funding Report should refer to their Aug. 22 issue.

 

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