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Ground Water and Drinking Water

Drinking Water Action Plan

"Ensuring that all Americans have access to safe drinking water is an absolute top priority for EPA." - Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

EPA's Drinking Water Action Plan serves as a national call to action, urging all levels of government, utilities, community organizations, and other stakeholders to work together to increase the safety and reliability of drinking water.

The Plan is organized around six Priority Areas in which there is significant opportunity for leadership from states and other partners. The Priority Areas include:

Promote Equity and Build Capacity for Drinking Water Infrastructure Financing and Management in Disadvantaged, Small, and Environmental Justice Communities Advance Next Generation Oversight for the Safe Drinking Water Act
Strengthen Source Water Protection and Resilience of Drinking Water Supplies Take Action to Address Unregulated Contaminants
Improve Transparency, Public Education, and Risk Communication on Drinking Water Safety Reduce Lead Risks through the Lead and Copper Rule

The plan reflects input from state, tribal, and local government officials; drinking water utilities; community groups; and environmental organizations. While EPA and partners have already begun to take some actions, others will require additional resources and further stakeholder engagement. EPA recognizes that partnership and collaboration across all levels of government, utilities, the private sector, and the public will be essential to the success of the plan.

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