NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES  Native American Drinking Water and Wastewater  https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/691757.pdf&nb...

NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES  Native American Drinking Water and Wastewater  https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/691757.pdf  United States Government Accountability Office, DRINKING WATER AND WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE, Report to Congressional Requesters,GAO-18-309, May 2018.  Tens of thousands of American Indians and Alaska Natives do not have safe drinking water or wastewater disposal in their home—referred to as needs arising from a sanitation deficiency—at a higher percentage than the general population, according to the Indian Health Service (IHS). Among other things, IHS assesses homes, either individually or by reviewing public water systems, to determine any deficiencies. Seven agencies, including IHS, EPA, and USDA, have programs that provide drinking water and wastewater infrastructure assistance to Indian tribes.  GAO is making 16 recommendations, including that (1) IHS develop a way to indicate in its database if homes’ deficiencies have been assessed and (2) IHS and USDA review and update project scoring processes. IHS agreed with these recommendations, and USDA proposed an approach for addressing the recommendation on scoring, as discussed in the report.  This study will also be linked on the Reports Page 02 of the Sustainable Water Resources Site at https://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/  Tim SmithSustainable Water Resources CoordinatorGovernment Web Site, https://acwi.gov/Sustainable Water Resources Site, https://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/