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Capacity Development Strategy for Public Water Systems

In 1996 the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was amended to include a new program called "Capacity Development". Capacity Development is meant to ensure a safe water supply for customers served by public water systems. The SDWA has provisions that require states to develop and implement strategies to make sure that both existing water systems and new water systems get and keep technical, managerial, and financial capacity. Additionally the SDWA requires that a report on the effectiveness of a State’s Capacity Development Strategy be submitted to the Governor every three years.