Drinking water grants available for Guam and CNMI

(PNC graphic by Ricky De Guzman)

Guam – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of nearly $87 million in grant funding to assist states, tribes, and territories with improving drinking water. 

Guam and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands are eligible to receive $150,000 each out of the total grant funding. 

Two new drinking water grant programs established by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN) are available for this funding cycle.

The “Voluntary Lead Testing in Schools and Child Care” grant supports testing for lead in drinking water at schools and child care programs. Testing results carried out using grant funds must be made publicly available.

The “Assistance for Small and Disadvantaged Communities” grant program supports underserved communities with bringing public drinking water systems into compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. Funding can also be used for conducting household water quality testing, including testing for unregulated contaminants.

EPA is committed to ensuring all Americans, regardless of their zip code, have access to safe and clean drinking water,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a release. “With these grants, EPA is fulfilling its core mission of providing states, tribes, and territories with the resources needed to protect children from lead exposure and other contaminants and ensure all American families have safe drinking water.”