Current Clean Water Challenges

Increasing Demand
Growing populations and new regulations have increased the demand for wastewater treatment services; new equipment, treatment facility upgrades, new sewer lines and increased funding for operations and maintenance are needed.

Lack of Federal Funding
Federal funding for preserving water quality has significantly decreased, leaving local governments and consumers to bear the cost.

Storm Water Runoff
Special equipment and procedures are necessary to deal with the large volumes of water from storms. Storm water runoff carries oil, dirt and other contaminants.

Non-Point Source Pollution
Identifying and controlling non-point source pollution, including runoff from farms, lawns, construction sites, forestry operations and animal wastes, is a challenge. Non-point source pollution closes beaches, kills wildlife, poisons drinking water resources and contaminates fish and shellfish.