Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

U.S. EPA Joins with Organizations, Including NEHA, to Reduce Water Pollution

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

U.S. EPA Joins with Organizations, Including NEHA, to Reduce Water Pollution

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On January 12, 2005, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (U.S. EPA's) assistant administrator for water, Ben Grumbles, formalized an agreement with officers from several organizations to improve wastewater treatment for 25 million homes nationwide.

NEHA, the National Association of Towns & Townships, the National Association of Wastewater Transporters, the National Environmental Services Center, the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, the Water Environment Federation, and the Consortium of Institutes for Decentralized Waste-water Treatment have committed to working with U.S. EPA to raise awareness, build local capacity, and distribute technical information to help local officials ensure better management of septic systems.

"This agreement will help solidify our national partnership to protect drinking-water supplies and local water quality by promoting change in the way these wastewater systems are managed," said Grumbles. "I am pleased to formally recognize the contributions these partners make to achieve results in protecting public health and improving water quality."

The memorandum of understanding is a first step in the implementation of a U.S. EPA program to work cooperatively with national organizations that represent septic-system practitioners and the public. …

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