Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) of Birmingham, Ala., has consistently achieved the rating of the number-five water system in the United States...
Highlights achievements of the drinking water infrastructure assistance program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its annual report for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program (DWSRF), which highlights the achievements of the drinking water infrastructure assistance program in 2007 and over the 10-year history of the program.
These successes include more than $14 billion in assistance made available to communities to finance important infrastructure needs and an additional $1.3 billion to support state and local drinking water programs through training, capacity development, and source water protection. The program has supported more than 5,500 projects needed to help public water systems achieve and maintain compliance with drinking water standards, including more than 1,400 projects for disadvantaged communities.
Ensuring the long-term sustainability of our nation's drinking water infrastructure is a key challenge facing the nation, and the DWSRF offers multifaceted support for meeting this challenge.
EPA is also providing the 2007 update to its DWSRF National Information System Data. These data, collected annually, are the most comprehensive data about the performance and characteristics of the DWSRF. Finally, EPA is posting the DWSRF grant allocation amounts for the Fiscal Year 2008 appropriation of $829 million. The allocation of funding to state DWSRF programs, tribes and territories is based on state needs reported in the most recent 2003 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey. The annual report, performance data, grant allotments and additional information about the program is available at www.epa.gov/safewater/dwsrf.html.