COLLEGE STATION – TEEX Infrastructure and Safety Institute is offering no-cost compliance training on the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) at locations across the country through a $3 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The training is targeting small drinking water systems that serve communities with a population of less than 10,000.
The training and technical assistance sessions have already been offered or scheduled in Arizona, North Carolina, Tennessee, the Virgin Islands, Delaware, Rhode Island, Iowa, Kentucky, Vermont, Michigan, Ohio and more. The goal of the program is to provide training and tools to improve small system operations and management practices, promote sustainability, and help protect public health and the environment.
“The training and assistance is tailored to the specific needs of each small public water system and provided on-site at their location,” said Ron Peddy, Director of the TEEX Infrastructure Training & Safety Institute.
In addition, TEEX has developed a website for distributing information regarding the Safe Drinking Water Act, including an “Ask the Experts” link to subject matter experts about SDWA compliance training.
More than 97 percent of the nation’s 157,000 public water systems serve fewer than 10,000 people, and more than 80 percent of these systems serve fewer than 500 people, according to EPA data.