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Capacity Development

About Capacity Development

The Federal Safe Drinking Water Act requires states to adopt a strategy for ensuring that new and existing public water systems have the required technical, managerial and financial capacity to provide safe and adequate water to their consumers.

The Capacity Development Program is responsible for:
  • Overseeing and implementing Nebraska’s Capacity Development Strategy;
  • Coordinating services to assist public water systems with technical, managerial and financial concerns using the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund;
  • Providing training to water system personnel regarding capacity development, asset management and other related activities.

What is Capacity Development?
Successful and sustainable public water systems arise from the robust integration of Technical expertise, Managerial leadership and Financial stability. Short and Long-Term Planning provides a firm foundation for effective capacity development.

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21-02021-020 Capacity Development Statement of Intent and Proposed Budget – Community05/2022
21-02121-021 Capacity Development Statement of Intent and Proposed Budget–Non-Transient Non-Community05/2022
WAT284Contingency/Emergency Response Plan for Community Water Systems03/2023
WAT285Contingency/Emergency Response Plan for Non-Transient Non-Community Water Systems05/2024
WAT286Critical Information and Emergency Phone Contact List for Public Water Systems07/2023
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21-013Asset Inventory Guide for Very Small Systems05/2021
21-014Control and Mitigation of Drinking Water Losses05/2021
21-015EFCN Budgeting Basics Guide05/2021
21-064EPA Asset Management - A Best Practices Guide11/2021
21-016EPA Rural and Small Systems Guidebook to Sustainable Utility Management05/2021
22-068EPA Supply Chain Resilience Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities09/2022
21-017RCAC Financial Planning Guide05/2021
21-018RCAP Basics of Financial Management Guide05/2021
21-019STEP Guide – Asset Management05/2021
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22-05022-050 Utility Board Training Video05/2022
WAT347Managing a Small Town Public Water System Video Series 05/2021
Hide details for ReportsReports
20-019Capacity Development Program Strategy09/2022
WAT291Nebraska's Public Water Supply System Capacity Development Strategy Report for the Governor10/2023
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22-04722-047 Non-Transient Non-Community Public Water System Capacity Survey05/2022
22-04822-048 Community Public Water System Capacity Survey05/2022
21-010Budget & Reserves Tool05/2021
21-011Nebraska Community Sustainability Tool08/2021
21-009Small Community Assistance Planning (SCAP) Tool
Asset Management Tool
21-012Water Loss Accounting Report05/2021