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U.S. EPA, Campo Band of Mission Indians, Indian Health Service Celebrate More Than $1.6 Million in Drinking Water Infrastructure Improvements

Release Date: 08/04/2009
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, (213) 244 1815, arcaute.francisco@epa.gov

For Immediate Release: August 4, 2009
Contact: Francisco Arcaute, (213) 244-1815, Cell (213) 798-1404, arcaute.francisco@epa.gov

U.S. EPA, Campo Band of Mission Indians, Indian Health Service Celebrate More Than $1.6 Million in Drinking Water Infrastructure Improvements
Improved water quality benefits tribal residents, environment

LOS ANGELES – As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Campo Band of Mission Indians, and the Indian Health Service are celebrating the completion of a new $517,000 water storage tank and a $1,130,100 uranium treatment facility for the Old Campo community water well.

"We are pleased to join the Campo Band of Mission Indians and the Indian Health Service in providing a safe and reliable water supply," said Corine Li, manager of the EPA’s Drinking Water program for the Pacific Southwest region. “The new water tank and new treatment facility will enable the tribe to provide for the needs of its community for years to come."

With $753,100 in EPA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding and $377,000 in Indian Health Services ARRA funds, the Campo Band of Mission Indians will begin constructing a uranium treatment facility for the Old Campo community well and will allow homes on private wells to connect with the new system. The new system is expected to be operational by 2011.

In 2006, the EPA’s Tribal Border Infrastructure provided funding for a new water storage tank to replace the existing tank, which suffered from leakage, structural instability and insufficient size. The new water tank -- which has a larger capacity of 112,000 gallons -- is made of longer-lasting welded steel, and features automated filling controls.

President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on February 17 and has directed that the Recovery Act be implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability. To that end, the American people can visit recovery.gov to see how every dollar is being invested.

Learn more about the EPA's implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 at: http://www.epa.gov/recovery/ and for information on the implementation in Campo Band of Mission Indians tribal lands.
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