EPA Provided Quality and Timely Information Regarding Wastewater after Hurricane Katrina
EPA provided quality and timely information regarding wastewater to States, wastewater treatment facilities, and the general public. The damage to the wastewater treatment facilities and their collection systems created a potentially critical health concern due to the possibility that people living in these communities would be exposed to raw sewage. Due to the risk of serious illness associated with exposure to raw sewage, decisionmakers needed information to be able to evaluate the potential risk of exposure and take steps to protect their citizens. EPA did a good job supporting States and local communities in this function. The information that EPA provided to the public was augmented by significant efforts by other Federal agencies, State agencies, and the communities themselves.