Dear Mr. Norton:
Thank you for the comments that you provided from the National Tribal Water Council (NTWC) in your July 16, 2013, letter on the Draft Revised Drinking Water Infrastructure Grants Tribal Set-Aside (DWIG-TSA) Program Guidelines.
EPA concurs with the NTWC that there exists a need to reduce the barriers to providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation in Indian country and welcomes the participation of the NTWC and tribes to discuss and help implement solutions to reduce these barriers. As you are aware EPA is leading the Infrastructure Task Force (ITF) which is currently engaged in this topic. Information about the activities of the ITF can be found at the following web link http://www.epa.gov/tp/trprograms/infra-water.htm.
The attached table summarizes the NTWC’s comments and EPA’s response. Please contact Michelle Schutz (202) 564-7374 if you have any additional questions or concerns.
Ann Codrington, Director
Drinking Water Protection Division
Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water