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Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities: Recommended Approach to Assessing Operations and Maintenance Costs at Tribal Utilities - Pilot Study

The Infrastructure Task Force (ITF) has identified operations and maintenance funding including support of tribal capacity development as a barrier to increasing access to safe drinking water and wastewater disposal in Indian country. Understanding operations and maintenance (O&M) costs of tribal drinking water and wastewater systems is an important step in understanding the financial capacity of tribally operated utilities. This capacity directly impacts: a tribe’s ability to maintain water system regulatory compliance and the longevity of the infrastructure funded by extensive national investment.   The proposed survey will assess the difference in O&M spending levels at benchmark tribal utilities deemed to be adequately funded to a random sample of tribal utilities.

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