20 Aug 2009

American Samoa gets US stimulus funds for water quality improvement

2:25 pm on 20 August 2009

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded 200,000 US dollars to American Samoa under stimulus money to improve water quality and create jobs in the territory.

The money will be administered by the American Samoa Enviromental Protection Agency, which manages and operate water service in the territory.

Funds for American Samoa is part of 39 million dollars awarded to states and territories for Water Quality Management Planning grants, which will keep and create jobs to help prevent water pollution and protect human health and the environment.

States and territories are also encouraged to use these funds for more innovative planning activities like developing plans to adapt to climate change, analysing trends in water availability and use, and creating low-impact development programmes.