NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCESGAO Report on Water Infrastructurehttps://www.gao.gov/products/gao-20-24?utm_campaign=usgao_email&utm_c...

NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCESGAO Report on Water Infrastructurehttps://www.gao.gov/products/gao-20-24?utm_campaign=usgao_email&utm_c...

NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCESGAO Report on Water Infrastructurehttps://www.gao.gov/products/gao-20-24?utm_campaign=usgao_email&utm_content=topic_naturalresources&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery“Water Infrastructure: Technical Assistance and Climate Resilience Planning Could Help Utilities Prepare for Potential Climate Change Impacts GAO-20-24”“Four federal agencies—the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Agriculture (USDA)—provide technical and financial assistance (e.g., loans and grants), to drinking and wastewater utilities.”“This report examines federal technical and financial assistance to utilities for enhancing climate resilience, and options experts identified for providing additional assistance, among other things. GAO reviewed relevant federal laws, regulations, and guidance from four federal agencies—EPA, FEMA, HUD, and USDA—and interviewed federal officials, representatives from 15 water utilities selected for diversity of size and geography, and 10 experts selected to represent different views.”“GAO recommends that EPA identify technical assistance providers and engage them in a network to help water utilities incorporate climate resilience into infrastructure projects. Also, Congress should consider requiring that climate resilience be considered in planning for federally funded water infrastructure projects. EPA neither agreed nor disagreed. GAO believes the recommendation is still warranted.”