EPA Publishes State Collaboration Success Stories

In 2011 and the early months of 2012, EPA and state drinking water programs participated in a “collaboration” workgroup to identify new ways of thinking about how states can leverage the reach of their capacity development programs to provide greater support for small public water systems.  This effort was an outgrowth of the 2010 EPA Reenergizing Capacity Development initiative.

This week, EPA has posted the workgroup’s products – a series of fact sheets that feature “practical opportunities for better integration” as well as internal and external collaboration within the drinking water program, with other state agencies, and among state programs and their partner organizations.  You may download the fact sheets at: http://water.epa.gov/type/drink/pws/smallsystems/state_guidance.cfm#state

Success stories from 19 different states (AZ, CA, CO, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MN, MS, MO, NH, NV, OH, PA, RI, SD, TX, and WA) discuss collaborative efforts that focus on internal/external program teaming options, innovative and coordinated funding streams, and partnering opportunities between capacity development and operator certification programs.  Each focus area contains different approaches (or models) used by state drinking water programs to identify particular challenges, find and implement solutions to those challenges, and demonstrate success.

You may use the link above to browse and download these and other EPA products that support small system needs, or you may click the titles below to review the fact sheets by specific focus area:

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