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EPA will focus on drinking water infrastructure

October 5th, 2010

The EPA says communities across the country are facing challenges in making costly upgrades and repairs to their aging water infrastructure.

From Green Right Now Reports

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will issue a Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy with the goal of increasing the sustainability of water and wastewater infrastructure in the United States.

Communities across the country are facing challenges in making costly upgrades and repairs to their aging water infrastructure, which include sewer systems and treatment facilities. The EPA said making this infrastructure last longer while increasing its cost-effectiveness is essential to protecting hum
an health and the environment, and maintaining safe drinking water and clean water bodies.

“Through cost-effective, resource-efficient techniques – like green water infrastructure alternatives – this policy aims to make our communities more environmentally and economically sustainable,” EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe said in a statement. “These smart investments in our water infrastructure, along with increased awareness of the importance of these investments, can keep our water cleaner and save Americans money.”

The new EPA policy emphasizes the need to build on existing efforts to promote sustainable water infrastructure. EPA said it will focus on working with states and water systems to employ comprehensive planning processes that result in projects that are cost effective over their life cycle, resource efficient, and consistent with community sustainability goals. The policy encourages effective utility management practices to build and maintain the level of technical, financial, and managerial capacity necessary to ensure long-term sustainability.

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