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Building the Capacity of Drinking Water Systems

Water System Partnership Handbook

The Water System Partnership Handbook is an interactive tool to assist state drinking water programs in identifying, assessing, and implementing water system partnerships. Technical assistance providers may also find this tool useful. Additionally, it is intended to provide states and their drinking water programs, including tribal systems, an opportunity to identify potential water system partnerships, by walking states through a series of interactive steps.

Examples of topics include in the handbook include identifying PWSS in need, determining how partnerships could improve compliance, and creating a practical assessment of identified partnership types and partners.

The document is an update to the EPA's 1991 Restructuring Manual, Chapter 4: Role of the Drinking Water Regulator (EPA 570-9-91-035).

How to Support Water System Partnerships:

 Water System Partnership Handbook(695 K) (19 pp, 693KB, March 2020, EPA 810-B-19-002,  About PDF).