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Drinking Water Program

Drinking Water and Capacity Development

Capacity Assurance and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loans

The Safe Drinking Water Act requires that a system applying for a DWSRF loan must demonstrate that it has financial, managerial, and technical capacity. Worksheets have been developed for the applicant to complete. They can be found at the bottom of this page. What exactly does capacity mean?

engineer image Technical Capacity: The physical infrastructure of the system, including but not limited to the source water adequacy, infrastructure adequacy, and technical knowledge. In other words, does your treatment system work the way it is supposed to? Are you providing the safest and cleanest water possible and required by law to your customers right now, and will you be able to in the future?

people image Managerial Capacity: The management structure of the system, including but not limited to ownership accountability, staffing and organization, and effective linkages. In simpler terms, do you have a capable and trained staff? Do you have an effective management structure?


BS00005A.gif (2466 bytes) Financial Capacity: The financial resources of the water system, including but not limited to revenue sufficiency, credit worthiness, and fiscal controls. Basically, does your system have a budget and enough revenue coming in to cover costs, repairs and replacements?

If it is determined that your system does NOT have the required capacity, you may still qualify for a DWSRF loan if it is going to be used to ensure that your system will have the necessary capacity or your system develops a plan to gain the needed capacity. If you have questions while completing the following worksheets, please call our office at (605) 773-3754, and we will be happy to help.

The following documents developed by the department have been formatted in Adobe Acrobat in pdf format for downloading. To get the PDF file, you simply need to click on the title below. To view the documents, you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader (which is free). 

For more information, you can contact the Drinking Water Program at (605) 773-3754.