Pandemic Exposed Need for EPA Oversight of Tribal Water Systems

Sept. 27, 2021, 6:23 PM

The Covid-19 pandemic exposed a greater need for EPA assistance and oversight of tribal drinking water systems in the West, the EPA’s watchdog said Monday.

Tribal drinking water systems serving nearly 400,000 people were severely affected by the pandemic, some being forced to shut down entirely, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General reported. It recommended better training, technical and financial assistance to tribal drinking water systems, resuming sanitary surveys that respect the coronavirus restrictions of each tribe, and incorporating lessons learned from the pandemic into its Western operations plans.

  • The pandemic exacerbated preexisting technical problems, and staffing ...

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