- WEB EXCLUSIVE
- PE COFFEEHAUS
"A serious problem for U.S. communities along the U.S.-Mexico border is the lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation systems." the report noted. The report suggests that Congress take action to require the EPA, HUD, the USDA and DOD to coordinate efforts concerning drinking water and wastewater programs in the region. The report also cites Defense and the USDA for "assuming" it was meeting statutory requirements without actually checking.
The report cites three major mistakes made by federal agencies, saying that most:
- Have not comprehensively assessed the region's needs
- Lack coordinated policies
- Have not complied with regulations.
The U.S.-Mexico border region has experienced tremendous population growth in the last decade, due to immigration from Mexico and because of intra-U.S. population shifts from the Northeast and Midwest to Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.