Frequent Questions

B09: Am I to understand that “urban” communities are ok for us to service as long as they are below 10,000 in population? Is that the same for decentralized WW systems?

As indicated in the announcement, the systems targeted to receive training and technical assistance under National Priority Areas 1 and 2 are "small public water systems," which are defined as "community and non-community water systems serving a population of 10,000 persons or fewer."  The systems targeted for assistance under National Priority Area 3 are "small publicly-owned wastewater systems" or "onsite/decentralized systems".  "Small publicly-owned wastewater systems" are defined as "wastewater systems or treatment facilities that have permitted and actual flows of less than 1 million gallons per day (MGD) and are: owned by a public entity (such as a municipality) or not-for-profit entity (such as regional sewer districts), and/or serve tribal communities (with the exception of systems that are owned by U.S. federal entities). "Onsite/decentralized systems" are defined as "publicly-owned or privately-owned onsite or clustered systems used to collect, treat, and disperse or reclaim wastewater from a small community, tribe or service area that are publicly or privately-owned and/or serve tribal communities (with the exception of systems that are owned by U.S. federal entities)."  There is no size designation for onsite/decentralized systems, and as long as the criteria in the above definitions are met, any of the water and wastewater systems described above may be located in either rural or urban communities.


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