EPA Releases Report On Wastewater Needs

The Environmental Protection Agency has complated its Clean Watersheds Needs Survey 2000 Report to Congress.

The Environmental Protection Agency has complated its Clean Watersheds Needs Survey 2000 Report to Congress. The 2000 survey identifies a total of $181.2 billion in needs for publicly-owned wastewater collection and treatment facilities and eligible activities to control pollution from storm water and nonpoint sources. This is an increase of $26.6 billion from the amount reported in 1996.

Among the needs identified in the report are $57.2 billion for wastewater treatment; $54.1 billion for wastewater collection and conveyance; $50.6 billion for combined sewer overflow control and $5.5 billion for storm water control programs. Another $13.8 billion in needs was identified for nonpoint source controls.

The report is based on information collected between April 2000 and January 2002. The cost estimates in the survey are more conservative than those found in either the EPA Gap Analysis or the Water Infrastructure Network reports because this survey covers only projects and infrastructure eligible to be funded under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

An in-depth article on the EPA Clean Watersheds Needs Survey 2000 Report to Congress will appear in the November issue of WaterWorld.

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