Making a Visible Difference in Communities: American Samoa
American Samoa and the other U.S. Pacific Island territories are historically underserved and underfunded communities compared to the U.S. mainland. American Samoa in particular has the lowest per capita income of any state, territory, or county. In consultation with local stakeholders, EPA identified three areas for assistance:
- improving drinking water quality
- addressing climate change concerns
- tackling clean land issues
American Samoa has significant drinking water problems, with ongoing boil-water notices impacting the majority of the population. These problems will only be exacerbated as the territory braces for the impacts of climate change. EPA worked with our partners in American Samoa to develop solutions to ongoing and upcoming challenges facing their drinking water supply, treatment and distribution, as well as other threats to their environment and infrastructure.