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Building the Capacity of Drinking Water Systems

Table Top Exercise: Collaborating Across State Drinking Water Programs to Support Sustainable Systems

State drinking water programs manage and oversee a variety of programs and activities that support public water systems (PWSs), including: Capacity Development, Operator Certification, Enforcement and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). Collaboration among these programs will help to ensure the greatest public health protection for the American public. In this exercise, participants (state staff who oversee or assist PWSs, either directly or indirectly) are asked to take on one of the roles in a state program, and then collaborate as a group to both evaluate the needs of example water systems and prioritize state assistance.

The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate that a better understanding of other state roles, increased communication, and collaboration among different roles, will result in better, more holistic, PWS assistance.

Further details on background and instructions are provided in the "Facilitator Packet" document. All materials for the exercise are included in the .zip file below.

Table Top Exercise Materials(4 MB, June 2020)