New Initiatives

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Current initiatives include:

  • Free Leak Detection Surveys: The Capacity Development Program, in conjunction with the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program, are again offering free leak detection surveys to public community water systems (CWSs).   To be eligible systems must:
    • be an active CWS;
    • complete and submit the Leak Detection Request Form;  
    • provide assistance of the certified operator or other appropriate staff and ensure that curb stops and main line valves are marked and accessible; and
    • after the survey, the water system shall make repairs or prepare an improvements plan and schedule to address the leaks that are found, and complete a short evaluation providing feedback regarding the project.  

For more information regarding the benefits of leak detection review the factsheet: Leak Detection Factsheet.

"The [leak detection survey] conducted by [Leak Detection firm] proved to be exceptionally helpful in uncovering significant leaks in our system.  Prior to the survey SFD#2 was using 9,000-10,000 gallons per day.  After identifying and repairing the leaks our system is now using approximately 4,500 gallons per day (which is more normal for our system). [Leak Detection firm]  did an expert job in helping us restore our system to normal and efficient use." - Stowe Fire District #2, 2016 Leak Detection Survey Participant​

  • ​Asset Management Planning Guidance and Grants:    To help systems develop an Asset Management Plan, the Capacity Development and DWSRF Programs offered a second round of Asset Management Planning Grants to public community water systems (CWSs).  We awarded 21 grants (approximately $400,000) to CWSs.  The maximum grant award was $20,000 per system, with a required 20% in-kind match of total project costs.  Systems that received a grant are expected to develop a plan, or portions of a plan, that will be the framework for an Asset Management Program.For more information regarding the benefits of an Asset Management Program visit the Asset Management Programs webpage.  

  • Grants to Reduce Lead Exposure in Drinking Water: The Capacity Development and DWSRF Programs offered grants to help CWSs reduce the risks of exposure to lead in drinking water. We awarded 2 grants (totaling $125,000). The maximum grant award was $80,000.  Grantees are expected to develop and implement risk reduction strategies that other communities can use as a model, with an emphasis on finding and removing lead service lines.  The grants are still being administered, with all grant deliverables to be submitted by October 26, 2018.  Grant funding may be used to: 
    • Find, map, and inventory water distribution and customer service lines;
    • Establish a proactive, full lead service line replacement program;
    • Educate the public about the risks of exposure to lead in drinking water and how to reduce risks; and 
    • Develop a Capital Needs Study, Capital Improvements Plan, and Funding Strategies to replace publicly and privately owned lead lines.  
    • For more information about the grant, see the application form.