Capacity Development

The 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Amendments include requirements for states to (1) obtain authority to prevent the creation of new nonviable COMMUNITY and NONTRANSIENT NONCOMMUNITY waterworks, (2) to develop a strategy to address the capacity of all existing waterworks, and (3) to ensure that potential State Revolving Fund (SRF) recipients have sufficient, technical, managerial, and financial capacity prior to receiving funds (or that the funds will allow them to receive the capacity they require). The Office of Drinking Water chose to develop a comprehensive Capacity Development Strategy (revised Strategy approved by EPA January 2022) that includes all of the SDWA required elements and includes provisions for asset management planning relating to the American Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA).

Staff performs a technical, managerial and financial capacity assessment of existing waterworks and utilizes the assessment in directing Office resources to assist waterworks in complying with the SDWA. Reports to the Governor and the public are due every three years from March 6, 2002. Reports to EPA are due annually.

In an effort to provide enhanced technical assistance to the water utilities community in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Office of Drinking Water will utilize this webpage for announcements and opportunities related to improving the technical, managerial and financial capacity of your waterworks. As such; below are links to training opportunities and to websites. If you have questions regarding anything on the Capacity Development Program, please contact Barry E. Matthews.

Available Resources

Additional Web Content

Outreach Materials


Sustainability Coordinators can be reached utilizing the contact information below:

North-Central Region
Ms. Julie Floyd, Supervisor
(540) 460-9348
Eastern Region
Mr. Jarrett Talley
(804) 317-0140
Western Region
Ms. Denise Houchins
(804) 297-5131
South-Central Region
Ms. Jeanean B. Francis
(804) 292-5681

Capacity Development Service Areas