EPA Chief McCarthy Headlines SDWA Anniversary Event

At a 40th anniversary event for the Safe Drinking Water Act on Dec. 9, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy commended water suppliers across the country for their efforts to provide safe drinking water to millions of Americans.

?We enjoy the cleanest drinking water in the world, with more than 90 percent of our citizens receiving water that meets all standards, all the time,? she said at a?National Press Club event?co-sponsored by AWWA, the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, the National Association of Water Companies and the National Rural Water Association. ?We owe that accomplishment to this incredible law, and to your work at the state and local level and on innovation.?

In the face of emerging challenges from climate change and aging infrastructure, McCarthy also called for a ?source to tap” focus to ensure the continued provision of safe, reliable drinking water to Americans. “We can?t afford to look at water issues in isolation,? she said. ?You guys know better than anyone, protecting drinking water has never been easy, and it?s not getting any easier. But when we focus on infrastructure investments, building partnerships, and protecting source water ? we can continue to make a difference.?

AWWA CEO David LaFrance opened the event with a brief welcome and an expression of gratitude to all the water professionals who make the SDWA a success. The event also featured panel discussions on future challenges and potential solutions that included AWWA Water Utility Council Chair Aurel Arndt and AWWA Federal Relations Director Alan Roberson.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Act was passed to protect public health by regulating the nation’s public drinking water supply. Although much progress has been made over the past 40 years, many challenges remain. AWWA, EPA and other water groups are committed to working with states, tribes, water sector partners and the public to meet the challenges ahead and protect public health. To read more about the evolution of the Safe Drinking Water Act, visit:
http://www2.epa.gov/safedrinkingwater40/evolution-safe-drinking-water-act

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