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Giving Small Water Systems a Free Check Up

Release Date: 04/21/2008
Contact Information: Shakeba Carter-Jenkins, (202) 564-4355 / carter-jenkins.shakeba@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. – April 21, 2008) EPA is rolling out an important management tool for small drinking water and wastewater systems. Today at the National Rural Water Association Rally, Administrator Stephen L. Johnson announced the availability of Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS). This user-friendly computer-based program assists owners and operators in developing and using plans for maintaining their systems and providing service to their customers.

“Through effective and efficient management, small utilities are supporting the lifeblood of their communities – their water,” said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. “CUPSS will assist our partners by giving them a tool to better preserve and enhance America’s precious water resources.”

Administrator Johnson emphasized that CUPSS, with the support of our partners, will make a difference and help bridge the growing financial gap faced by small drinking water and wastewater systems as they repair, and replace infrastructure.

The program uses information provided on the system’s assets, operation and maintenance activities and financial status to produce a prioritized asset inventory, financial reports and a customized asset management plan. Asset management programs support informed budget discussions, boost efficiency of the utility, and improve customer service by ensuring clean and safe water at competitive prices.

CUPSS was developed by the Office of Water as part of the agency’s Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative. The effort received input from a large stakeholder workgroup, including representatives from several states, the National Rural Water Association, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, and Environmental Finance Centers.

The CUPSS program and all supporting materials are available for immediate download. Kits including the material will also be available in May. For more information on CUPSS, including program downloads and ordering information, visit http://www.epa.gov/cupss. EPA’s newly updated web site for small public water systems is available at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/smallsystems.