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
Mr. Jarrett Talley, Supervisor
South-Central Region
Ms. Jeanean B. Francis
(804) 292-5681
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Western Region
Ms. Denise Houchins
(804) 297-5131
Eastern Region
Mr. Jarrett Talley, Supervisor
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Statewide Noncommunity
Matthew Frame
(804) 659-3858

Capacity Development Service Areas