New GAO Report – Rural Water Infrastructure

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on October 16, 2012

Rural Water Infrastructure – Additional Coordination Can Help Avoid Potentially Duplicative Application Requirements, GAO-13-111, Oct 16, 2012

  • “Many rural communities with populations of 10,000 or less face challenges in financing the costs of replacing or upgrading aging and obsolete drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. EPA and USDA oversee the three largest federally funded drinking water and wastewater funding programs for these communities. In response to Pub. L. No. 111-139, which directs GAO to identify and report on duplicative goals or activities in the federal government, this report examines the (1) potential for fragmentation, overlap, and duplication between EPA and USDA drinking water and wastewater infrastructure programs and (2) extent to which these agencies coordinate at the federal and state level to fund community water infrastructure projects. GAO analyzed relevant laws and regulations and program data and documents.”
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