The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on June 24 up to $18 million in available federal funding to build the pipeline of technical assistance providers that can serve rural, small, and tribal municipalities through the Clean Water Act Prevention, Reduction, and Elimination of Pollution Grant Program.
The funding also complements Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding available to these communities as well.
The EPA is seeking applications from organizations with experience delivering results-oriented technical assistance to rural, small, and tribal publicly owned wastewater systems and decentralized wastewater treatment (septic) systems that protect and replenish groundwater.
Once selected, grantees will provide technical assistance in the following areas:
- Acquisition of financing and funding
- Protection of water quality and compliance assistance
- Tribal wastewater systems
- Decentralized wastewater systems
- Lagoon wastewater systems.