Water Sector Applauds EPA Action to Update Affordability Guidance
Revised Affordability Guidance Will Ease Financial Burden on Low-Income Communities
The Water Environment Federation (WEF), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) join together in applauding the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the prepublication release of its proposed 2020 Financial Capability Assessment (FCA). The new document will aid water sector utilities and their communities in developing plans to comply with federally mandated drinking water and clean water mandates by providing approaches that can more accurately and comprehensively account for the disproportionate impacts of water and wastewater service costs on low-income populations.
This prepublication marks the first major update to the original FCA that was finalized in 1997, and it incorporates key elements from a report developed jointly by AWWA, NACWA and WEF in 2019 that was shared with EPA.