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Program designed to help bridge financial gap faced by small systems
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is rolling out an important management tool for small drinking water and wastewater systems. At the National Rural Water Association Rally, Administrator Stephen L. Johnson announced the availability of Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS). This user-friendly computer-based program assists owners and operators in developing and using plans for maintaining their systems and providing service to their customers. Johnson emphasized that CUPSS, with the support of the EPA’s partners, will make a difference and help bridge the growing financial gap faced by small drinking water and wastewater systems as they repair and replace infrastructure.
The program uses information provided on the system’s assets, operation and maintenance activities and financial status to produce a prioritized asset inventory, financial reports and a customized asset management plan. Asset management programs support informed budget discussions, boost efficiency of the utility and improve customer service by ensuring clean and safe water at competitive prices. CUPSS was developed by the Office of Water as part of the agency’s Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative. The effort received input from a large stakeholder workgroup including representatives from several states, the National Rural Water Association, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and Environmental Finance Centers.
The CUPSS program and all supporting materials are available for immediate download. Kits including the material will also be available in May. For more information on CUPSS, including program downloads and ordering information, visit www.epa.gov/cupss. EPA’s newly updated website for small public water systems is available at www.epa.gov/safewater/smallsystems.