U.S. EPA Awards $724,500 to Ohio to Protect Public Drinking Water Systems
Annual congressional appropriation under the Safe Drinking Water Act will provide small improvements in the Buckeye state.
Since 1976, U.S. EPA has received an annual congressional appropriation under the Safe Drinking Water Act to assist states, territories, and tribes in carrying out their public water system supervision programs and this week the agency awarded $724,500 to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in furtherence of this tradition.
The funding through the public water supply supervision program will help protect 4,467 public water systems in Ohio serving nearly 11 million people daily.
This is the second installment of an award totaling $1.2 million to Ohio in 2019 and it will allow Ohio EPA to conduct regular sanitary surveys of public water systems, provide technical assistance to public water system managers and operators, ensure public water systems regularly inform their consumers about their systems' water quality, and administer an enforcement program that ensures public water systems comply with all applicable requirements.
“EPA is committed to partnering with state agencies on investments in clean water,” said Regional Administrator Cathy Stepp. “This funding will help the state of Ohio ensure its communities have access to safe and clean drinking water.”
Each year, EPA issues similar awards. All entities that have been delegated primary enforcement responsibility by EPA for the Public Water System Supervision grant program are eligible to receive such grant funding.
For more information on drinking water requirements for states and public water systems, visit EPA's website at: https://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo.
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