Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Act was passed to protect public health by regulating the nation's public drinking water supply. We have made great progress over the past 40 years, but many challenges remain. RCAP will continue to work alongside the EPA, partner organizations, and rural communities to bring safe, clean drinking water to all Americans.
Last week, RCAP participated in an experts forum convened by the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) to discuss progress made under the SDWA and the challenges ahead (click here to view the convening). RCAP Executive Director, Robert Stewart, commended the hundreds of thousands of operators, managers, regulators, advocates, assistance providers, and countless others who ensure millions of American households have access to clean water. In his speech, he concluded,"The SDWA is not just a law, it represents the collective work and accomplishments of thousands of people involved in every aspect of the water utility industry, including community organizers and activists that shed light on drinking water issues. Much has been accomplished, yet much remains to be done, and it will be up to these dedicated women and men to continue to work for another 40 years and longer to fully realize the goals of the SDWA."
For more on 40 years of the Safe Drinking Water Act, visit http://www2.epa.gov/safedrinkingwater40.