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EPA Awards Water Security Training Grants

Release Date: 05/22/2003
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John Millett 202-564-7842/

(05/22/03) As part of EPA’s initiative to help small drinking water utilities assess their vulnerabilities to terrorism, EPA Assistant Administrator for Water G. Tracy Mehan III announced the awarding of $1.5 million in grants for Water Security Training and Assistance to five nonprofit training and technical assistance organizations. The program is authorized under the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002. The following organizations will receive grants: the Maryland Center for Environmental Training at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata, Md.; the National Environmental Services Center at West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.; the National Rural Water Association, Duncan, Okla.; the Rural Community Assistance Program, Washington, D.C.; and the Water Environment Federation, Alexandria, Va. Grant funds, up to $300,000 per organization, will be used to support “Train-the-Trainer” efforts to build staff expertise in drinking water security and provide no cost training to state, tribal, or local agencies that assist drinking water systems. The program’s goal is to provide a pool of professionals who can deliver training and technical assistance to drinking water systems serving populations of less than 50,000 people. For more information on EPA’s water infrastructure security efforts go to: