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PCWS Capacity Development

Capacity Development refers to a water system’s ability to adequately manage its technical, managerial and financial capabilities for the long-term. Capacity development is not how much water the well yields.

Fire Districts

Annual Capacity reports

Leak Detection Surveys - The Drinking Water Capacity Development and State Revolving Loan Programs are offering free leak detection surveys to public community water systems.  Finding and fixing leaks reduces pumping and treatment costs; extends the useful life of assets; and minimizes the risks of contamination, water outages and property damage. If you want a leak detection survey conducted at your system, please complete the Survey Request Form and email it to jim.siriano@state.vt.us no later than Friday June 12th, 2015.  The factsheet (link below) describes the benefits of leak detection surveys in more detail.

Leak Detection Survey Solicitation

Leak Detection Factsheet

Capacity Evaluations- capacity evaluations are performed on all water systems seeking a Planning and/or Construction Loan for our DWSRF (internal link) program. CapEvals are also completed on all systems seeking principal forgiveness of planning and/or construction loans (only available to municipally owned schools) at the close of DWSRF-funded construction projects. CapEvals, depending on the type of system, cover all aspects of system operation with a focus on managerial and financial issues. Information in advance of a meeting may be required. The CapEval is done in person with a representative from the water system, system operator, a member of the governing board, if applicable, and the Capacity Development Specialist from the State. This grouping is imperative so that all are on the same page regarding system needs, strengths and weaknesses. Meetings can be as short as a half an hour and as long as 1.5 hours. They are done on-site at the convenience of the participating parties; CapEvals are not completed over the phone. A Capacity Improvement Plan (CIP) may be created at the close of the meeting; these are items that need to be addressed prior to loan forgiveness or receipt.

Capacity Checklists are for new systems seeking source, construction and operating permits.

Capacity Improvement Budget Spreadsheet is a useful tool for systems to get a general idea of how much assets will cost to replace at the end of their useful life. These are snapshots in time, must be updated annually and are used for estimations only. The spreadsheet will give a general idea of how much to save to adequately plan for asset replacement.

Asset Management

The Introductory Webinar for Asset Management Workshops hosted by The Southwest Environmental Finance Center's Heather Himmelberger on August 12, 2015


Board Member Training

Archived documents



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