This just in from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Indian Health Service:
Some $90 million in federal stimulus money will fund improved access drinking water and wastewater services in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, according to a release from the agencies.
“Addressing long-standing water issues in tribal communities is also going to bring in new jobs and new opportunities – helping them get through the economic downturn and build a lasting foundation for prosperity,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.
HIS data from 2007 shows that 10 percent of tribal homes lack safe drinking water and/or wastewater disposal facilities compared with 0.6 percent of non-Native homes.
“Everyone should have safe drinking water and sanitation facilities and we’re committed to improving the quality of life in Indian Country,” said HHS director Kathleen Sebelius. HHS is the Health Service’s parent agency.