EPA is requesting applications for drinking water contamination warning system demonstration pilots as part of the Agency's Water Security (WS) initiative. A contaminant warning system uses advanced monitoring technologies/strategies and enhanced surveillance activities to collect, integrate, analyze, and communicate information to provide a timely warning of potential water contamination incidents in order to minimize public health and economic impacts. Applications must address specified monitoring and surveillance components, a consequence management plan, and a review and evaluation plan. EPA anticipates that approximately $31 million will be available to fund up to four cooperative agreements for these demonstration pilots, depending on Agency funding levels and other applicable considerations. The federal portion for each cooperative agreement is anticipated to range between $3 million and $12 million and awardees will have to provide a minimum 20 percent cost-share/match of the total project cost.
Applications will be accepted only from local governments or institutions (either public or private nonprofit organizations) that operate community water systems serving at least 750,000 people. Applications through grants.gov must be received by 11:59 pm (EDT) on August 10, 2007. The Request for Applications and additional information on the WS initiative is available at http://cfpub.epa.gov/safewater/watersecurity/initiative.cfm.
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