EPA Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy

This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy statement emphasizes the need for EPA to build on existing efforts to promote sustainable water infrastructure. EPA will work with states and water systems to employ comprehensive planning processes to deliver projects that are cost effective, resource efficient, and consistent with community sustainability goals.

The policy represents a collaborative effort between EPA and its federal, state, and local partners.  Working with these partners, EPA will develop guidance, provide technical assistance, and target federal state revolving fund capitalization funds and other relevant federal financial assistance to increase the sustainability of our water infrastructure.

The policy states that drinking and wastewater systems should employ effective utility management practices to build and maintain the technical, financial, and managerial capacity necessary to ensure long‐term sustainability. These practices include consideration of green infrastructure and potential climate change impacts.

One of the policy's 'Implementation Activities' is "(p)romoting planning processes that support sustainability" which states that planning processes should reflect climate change and water quality considerations, the conservation of natural resources, and alternative approaches such as green infrastructure when making infrastructure investments. 




Publication Date: October 4, 2010

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