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Capacity is the ability of a water supply to plan for, achieve, and maintain compliance with drinking water standards. Capacity consists of three parts: technical, managerial, and financial (TMF). A supply must achieve and maintain all three to be considered to have adequate capacity.
The formal capacity development program was implemented in 2000 in response to the 1996 Amendments to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The Capacity Development Strategy describes the methods and tools to implement the Capacity Development program and is focused on the following elements:
- Identify and prioritize supplies in need of improving capacity;
- Identify the factors that encourage or impair capacity development;
- Describe the methods the State uses to implement the strategy;
- Describe metrics used to measure effectiveness of the strategy;
- Identify the involvement and participation of stakeholders in the creation and updates of the strategy;
- Asset management promotion.
Reports to the Governor
Guidance for New Community Water Supplies
- Asset Management: A Handbook for Small Water Systems - This is a handbook that small systems can use to help develop an asset management plan. It includes the five-core components of asset management and includes level of service worksheets.
- Taking Stock of Your Water System: A Simple Asset Inventory for Very Small Drinking Water Systems - Basic principles for very small systems (homeowners associations, manufactured houses) to prepare and create an asset inventory.
- Setting Small Drinking Water System Rates for a Sustainable Future - Guide to help understand the full cost of provide drinking water and how to set rates that reflect those costs.
Water System Partnerships
- Water System Partnerships Getting Started Guide - This guide describes the general approach for water systems to assess their current stage in the water system partnerships planning process, understand their next steps, prepare and apply for funding.
- Water System Partnerships Funding Resources Guide - Learn more about available national, regional, and state-specific resources that could be used to fund or finance water system partnership activities.
- Water System Partnerships Case Studies - 6 in-depth case studies to learn best practices and the funding mechanisms used.
BIL Resource Website
- Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Resources for Drinking Water - Website serves to highlight guides, fact sheets, and other materials that drinking water systems may find useful as they apply for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funding and plan for projects. This website contains not only additional Capacity Development and Operator Training and Certification resources, as but also DWSRF resources such as the DWSRF Disadvantaged Communities Definition Reference Guide.