ARPA Presents Opportunities for Water Quality Challenges

The American Recovery Plan Act presents an opportunity for communities struggling with water quality challenges. On October 2, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) disseminated a new drinking water regulation and Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) of 20 nanograms per liter (ng/L) for the sum of six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (called “PFAS6”). Under the Environmental Protection Agency’s re-proposed Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 5) public drinking water suppliers would be required to sample drinking water or 30 chemical contaminants between 2023 and 2025 using analytical methods developed by EPA and consensus organizations. The data collected would provide the EPA, states, and communities with scientifically valid data on the national occurrence of these contaminants in drinking water.

The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Interim Final Rule explains that §§ 602, 603 of the American Recovery Plan Act allows communities, “To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure,” to maintain a level of service that, at least, meets applicable health-based standards, taking into account resilience to climate change. The Treasury’s Interim Rule aligns eligible projects with the EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) and Massachusetts State Revolving Fund for flexibility. Communities can receive financial assistance for the engineering, design, and construction of drinking water projects, such as new wastewater treatment facilities that protect public health and improve compliance with federal and state drinking water regulations.

Capital Strategic Solutions (CSS) is a Massachusetts-based, woman-owned business comprised of former municipal employees. We deliver creative and cost-effective services that maximize success while minimizing risk for our clients. Our team is dedicated and experienced. We previously oversaw the funding of over $250M dollars in infrastructure improvements and the community outreach for those projects in Framingham, Massachusetts. CSS is assisting several communities in providing ARPA, CARES, and FEMA grant management services, we are providing support to communities that have exceeded the MassDEP’s drinking water regulation and MCL of 20 nanograms per liter for PFAS6.

“The outreach services that Capital Strategic Solutions has provided to the Town of Plainville have been invaluable to our community members. Nichol and her team have provided significant support to our team in managing the communications and the community outreach for elevated levels of PFAS6 in our public water supply, which has allowed us to focus on providing a long-term solution to eliminating PFAS in Plainville’s drinking water,” said Paul Scott, Director of Public Works.
“The Town of Townsend is very pleased with the COVID-19 and FEMA grant management services provided to us by Capital Strategic Solutions. Our questions and concerns are answered in a very timely manner. Not sure how we would handle this without them,” said Theresa Walsh, Interim Town Accountant.

From the point of funding through construction, our team provides qualified staff and solutions that will assist and lessen the burden on your existing staff. Our services include:

  • Community Engagement

  • Grant Writing and Management

  • Impact Mitigation & Crisis Communication

  • Strategic Solutions for Data Management

  • Tactical Social Media Outreach

  • Team Training

  • Virtual & In-person Event Planning

  • Website & Graphic Design

Capital Strategic Solutions is assisting agencies across the Commonwealth with the ARPA, CARES, and FEMA grants. Let’s schedule a meeting and discuss how we may be of assistance to your agency! You can contact us at or by telephone at (508) 690-0046.

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