More than $6 million in grants could be allocated to help Indian tribes improve their drinking water for 2005.
EPA will work with its Regions to implement the Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) Regional Tribal Program. A total of $6,764,500 is tentatively available for FY 2005.
This amount is 6.436% of the total amount tentatively available for the PWSS program nationwide.
The funds are to be used by EPA Regional Offices to help Indian tribes develop the capacity to create and implement a PWSS program that can adequately enforce the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and ensure that water systems comply with the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations listed in 40 CFR 141. Portions of the funds sent to the Regions can be granted to individual Indian tribes treated as a state, that have been delegated Primary Enforcement Responsibility for the Public Water System Supervision Program.
The Navajo Nation is the only Indian tribe to have sought and received program authority.