Capacity Development Strategy

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 (May 1, 2000) that includes all of the SDWA required elements. Staff performed a technical, managerial and financial capacity assessment of existing waterworks and is utilizing the assessment in directing Office resources to assist waterworks in complying. Reports to the Governor and the public are due every three years from March 6, 2002.

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 a training opportunity and to a website where you can post and search for jobs; including waterworks operators.

We hope that this information is timely and helpful. If you have questions regarding anything on the Capacity Development Program, please contact Barry E. Matthews.