Established in September 2000, the Southeastern Regional Small Public Water Systems Technical Assistance Center (SE-TAC) is administered by the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute at Mississippi State University. SE-TAC is one of eight university-based small public water system technology assistance centers (TAC) nationwide. Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Safe Drinking Water Act's 1996 amendments, the centers work with state and federal agencies to assist small public water systems in acquiring and maintaining the technical, financial, and managerial capacity to provide safe drinking water and meet the Safe Drinking Water Act's public health protection goals. Each of the TACs is unique in its programmatic focus and geographic scope. Some centers emphasize research, while others feature training programs and materials. SE-TAC has adopted an applied approach to directly and meaningfully support small public water system issues in the southeastern United States.
To build partnerships among water utility organizations, state primacy agencies, technical assistance providers, and universities throughout the southeastern region of the United States to protect public health by enhancing small water systems' capacity to protect and provide safe drinking water.