Some people argue that because USEPA sets the regulations, it should also provide technical assistance to communities to meet those regulations. Such technical assistance has been done, in part, through grants to nonprofit organizations. The letter below explains why the Agency could not issue technical assistance grants in FY 2011.
Having worked in and seen the drinking water field in just about every capacity, I’ve concluded that the best long term strategy is for drinking water (the SDWA) to be completely removed from USEPA and given to a new or existing public health agency. USEPA has simply become an activist litigation agency, with drinking water serving as the political wedge (see prior post here).