Training and technical assistance activities similar in scope have been funded in recent years through competitively-awarded grants to several organizations. These grants are summarized below, and are also summarized in EPA’s Grant Awards Database (found at http://yosemite.epa.gov/oarm/igms_egf.nsf/HomePage?ReadForm).
- (Rural Community Assistance Partnership, FY 14 Grant 83580401, $4,000,000): Training/Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality The Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Inc. (RCAP) will provide compliance-based training and technical assistance to operators, board members and managers of small drinking water systems to build their technical capacity and enable them to achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Water systems in need of assistance will be assessed to determine the nature of the technical deficiencies, and a corrective plan will be developed. Training and technical assistance will be delivered through face-to-face sessions, webinars, web-based learning modules, video demonstrations and social media dissemination of information.
- (Rural Community Assistance Partnership, FY 14 Grant 83580601, $1,200,000): Training/Technical Assistance Private Well Owners The applicant will partner with its six regional affiliates and with the Illinois State Water Survey and Illinois Water Resources Center at the University of Illinois to provide training and technical assistance to owners and managers of private drinking water wells. The overall objective of the project is to help these owners and managers help protect water quality by minimizing contamination via drinking water wells through the activities of this project. Technical assistance will be provided on-site as well as through phone and electronic communications. Training for private well owners will be accomplished through multimedia learning, face-to-face presentations and webinars.
- (National Rural Water Association, FY 14 Grant 83580701, $4,000,000): Training and Technical Assistance for Small Public Water Systems This project will provide classroom and/or on-site training and technical assistance to small public water systems on Safe Drinking Water Act and National Primary Drinking Water Regulations compliance and related public water system operation. Training and technical assistance will be provided to strengthen the technical capacity of public water system personnel and enable them to comply with the regulatory requirements applicable to their system. Training and technical assistance priorities and specific activities will be identified in state specific operating plans developed in consultation with state drinking water regulatory agencies and drinking water program staff at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional and headquarters offices.
- (National Rural Water Association, FY 14 Grant 83580501, $1,700,000): Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Wastewater Quality and Public Health This project will provide workshops and follow-up training and technical assistance in small publicly owned wastewater systems and onsite/decentralized system management. The training and technical assistance activities are to assist these systems to improve operational performance over the long-term, thereby improving public health and water quality.
- (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, FY 14 Grant 83580801, $1,800,000): Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Water The Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina, in conjunction with the 9 other Environmental Finance Centers nationwide, will provide training and technical assistance for small drinking water systems in the area of financial and managerial capacity. Additionally, the American Water Works Association is a partner in the effort, to enhance attendance at training and technical assistance events and to make available free online eLearning modules. Training will be delivered by the EFC’s through face-to-face workshops, small group work sessions, “funder forums”, webinars, in-depth on-site technical assistance, basic technical assistance (through phone and e-mail consultation), and online rates benchmarking dashboards. Topics incorporated in the training include: asset management, rate-setting and fiscal planning, energy management, water loss reduction, regional collaboration/coordination/partnerships, access to funding sources, leadership, and enhancing regulatory compliance through sustainable financing and management.