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State Primacy Agency Survey Efforts to Increase Public Water System Sustainability

Publication Number: P2799
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In an era of ever-tightening federal and state budgets, increased regulations regarding water treatment and quality, a shrinking and aging workforce, and increased responsibilities being placed on the governing boards of public water systems, state drinking water administrators must continually adopt new ideas and methods to provide the residents of their states with a safe and affordable drinking water supply. This study proposes to identify strategies being used by various states concerning these four broad areas: board member education, system capacity building, waterworks operator training, and operator recruitment. The goal is to identify strategies that are currently being used and to generate new ideas that can be used in achieving safe and affordable drinking water.

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