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Ground Water and Drinking Water

Drinking Water Action Plan: What are they saying?

"Americans deserve to access their tap water with confidence and to know that their state and federal regulators are vigilant. This plan sets ambitious but necessary priorities."
- John Linc Stine, Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and President of the Environmental Council of the States

"The plan importantly addresses necessary infrastructure investment and accelerates critical reform of the existing lead and copper rule. The plan identifies key areas for a national drinking water conversation, and states look forward to bringing our experience and expertise to the dialogue – particularly as states will be responsible for much of the intensive front-line implementation of the plan."
- Craig Butler, Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and ECOS Executive Committee Representative

"We appreciate the time EPA took to obtain state thoughts on the concepts embedded in the plan. As we move into the next Administration, this Plan provides a clear roadmap to improve a program that is critical to Americans’ everyday life and to thriving economies."
- Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Environmental Council of the States

"The National Drinking Water Action Plan is a positive step forward to help local governments with affordable, clean, and safe drinking water."
- Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, Burnsville, MN

"The Drinking Water Action Plan is essential for clean and safe drinking water, ensuring public health for all of our citizens now and in the future".
- Dr. Hector Gonzalez, M.D., Director of City of Laredo Public Health

"It is exciting to be a part of such a collaborative effort to protect America's water supply. We owe it to our citizens to make sure there is clean and affordable water for everyone in our community.
- Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, Indiana

"As public officials we have no greater concern than the welfare of our families and communities. Clean and safe drinking water is the lifeblood of all our communities. We must be good stewards of our drinking water and work at all levels of government to ensure that it is protected for now and the years to come."
- Mayor Bob Dixson, Greensburg, KS and Chairman of the Local Government Advisory Committee

"The National Drinking Water Action Plan provides a comprehensive strategic framework for the future of one of our nation’s most important resources. While the Action Plan recognizes current and emerging challenges, the plan also highlights opportunities for innovation and collaboration moving forward. The development of the plan included extensive stakeholder involvement and it is clear that local government perspectives are reflected in the report’s challenges and proposed actions.
- Susan Hann, Chairwoman, LGAC’s Protecting America’s Waters Workgroup

"Drinking water isn’t a talking point, it’s an action item. EPA's Drinking Water Action plan outlines concrete steps to increase oversight, investment and innovation to meet today’s drinking water challenges."
- Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Manager at Clean Water Action