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Recommendation: As EPA and USDA continue to consider ways to track and promote water utilities' implementation of asset management, the Administrator of EPA should direct the Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water and Office of Wastewater Management to continue to include questions on water utilities' use of asset management in the clean water needs assessment and consider including questions about water utilities' use of asset management in future drinking water infrastructure needs assessment surveys.
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: As of January 2020, EPA is planning the next Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment that will begin in 2020. EPA officials said that they would work with industry and states to consider questions related to water utilities' use of asset management in the survey. EPA did not provide an update on the Clean Water Needs Survey. GAO will continue to review this recommendation.