Public Health Protection…Making It Work

Do you know what Maine, South Dakota, and Missouri have in common?  Can you identify the common connection among a put aside, a sanitary survey, and ETT scores?  Do you have a strategy to combat inadequate water rates, treatment installation needs, and small system compliance problems?  Can’t figure it out…not sure what the answer could be…wonder what this is about?  Click this link and find out…Funding Collaboration: Maximizing the Impact of Project Funding to Increase Compliance and Enhance Public Health (PDF)

While you’re reading about the states noted above, you may also want to check out how different states assign priority points for board member training, water efficiency, and asset management plans.  The same link will take you to excellent ideas being implemented in Kansas, Maryland, and Kentucky.

Still want to know more?   Keep reading and learn how Nevada uses a pre-application form to increase the efficiency of funding distributions; how Washington has designed a “Small Communities Initiative” to answer small systems’ needs for drinking water compliance along with other economic and environmental concerns; and how Pennsylvania now applies a uniform environmental review process across USDA-RUS, CDBG, and DWSRF loan programs.

Curious as to how states get organized about funding decisions?  Read on…both California and Arizona have put strategies in place that may just answer your questions!

Now that you’ve read about all of these successful approaches and strategies, think about whether or how any of these solutions might work for you and your state.  Could you just pick them up and make them work as described here?  Would you want to make a few modifications to better suit the needs of your small systems?  Maybe these examples don’t quite get to the heart of some of your most critical needs…but do they help you think about how to begin to solve them?  This one web link Funding Collaboration: Maximizing the Impact of Project Funding to Increase Compliance and Enhance Public Health (PDF) contains eleven different approaches to solving funding problems faced by these states.  Each approach helps the state move a little closer to achieving the public health protection goals of the Safe Drinking Water Act.  Maybe they could work for you too.

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