Water Technical Assistance (WaterTA)
All communities deserve access to clean, reliable water. Yet, too many communities across America face challenges in providing safe drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater services to their residents. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law presents an unprecedented opportunity to address water infrastructure needs by providing $50 billion in new funding – the largest federal investment in water in the history of our nation. New and existing EPA Water Technical Assistance (WaterTA) programs will be utilized to support effective implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
What is WaterTA?
EPA's free Water Technical Assistance (WaterTA) services support communities to identify water challenges, develop plans, build capacity, and develop application materials to access water infrastructure funding. To implement WaterTA, EPA collaborates with states, Tribes, territories, community partners, and other key stakeholders. Learn more about WaterTA services and programs and view past WaterTA webinars and presentations.
Help for Your Community
EPA WaterTA aims to assist communities with applications for federal funding, quality infrastructure, and reliable water services. If your community is facing water infrastructure challenges and could benefit from support, we encourage you to learn more about who can receive WaterTA services and the challenges WaterTA can help your community address then complete and submit a webform request via the following button:
Resources for WaterTA Providers
EPA's WaterTA providers work closely with communities to understand their water infrastructure needs and plan for the future. WaterTA providers are generally non-profit organizations and public and private non-profit universities and colleges. EPA has developed specific resources to support existing and prospective WaterTA providers. Learn more about who can apply to be a WaterTA provider and how EPA's Office of Water manages WaterTA and supports WaterTA providers in their work with communities across the country.
Additional Financial Resources
Numerous EPA WaterTA programs and resources are available to further support utilities, municipalities, and Tribes in maintaining regulatory compliance, improving resiliency, and building technical, managerial, and financial capacity. Learn more about additional financial resources to support your community's water infrastructure needs.
What’s New and Key Resources
- Local Infrastructure Investment Stories (February 20, 2024)
- Biden-Harris Administration Expands EPA Wastewater Program (February 13, 2024)
- WaterTA Programs – Comprehensive list of EPA programs that offer WaterTA.
- Biden-Harris Administration Announces Commitment to Advancing Water Equity and Access for All (September 20, 2023)
- WaterTA Community Fact Sheet (May 2023) - General introduction to WaterTA.
- WaterTA Implementation Memo (March 2023) – EPA guidance for WaterTA providers.
Featured Community: Tunica County, Mississippi
Built on casinos and agriculture, Tunica County, Mississippi is a small, dispersed community facing a number of water and wastewater challenges. The utility manages multiple small systems within the community, and infrastructure improvements and costs have historically been paid for by the local casinos. However, as the casinos phase out, and the county poises itself for future growth opportunities, the community is re-evaluating their rate structure and funding sources with the help of EPA WaterTA to deliver lasting water quality and reliability improvements well into the future.
Connect with EPA
- Sign up to receive WaterTA news and information from EPA's Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center email list.
- Have questions about WaterTA? E-mail: WaterTA@epa.gov