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.
"Our surveyor did an incredible job surveying our system. He was punctual, devoted to chasing leads, and helped us find two significant leaks. Our spring sources have been struggling all summer. Both of our reservoirs were losing ground before the survey, and we were forced to issue a water conservation notice. Since finding and fixing the leaks, both of our reservoirs have begun refilling. We are lifting the water conservation notice, but keeping a close eye on things. Thank you for this service. It’s still a little early to know for sure but I think it saved our butts this time around.” – Jeffersonville, 2018 Leak Detection Survey Participant
- Asset Management Training: The Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division (the Division) will be offering asset management workshops in 2020- dates to be determined. Click here to view the recording of the introductory webinar for the 2015 workshops series.
Asset Management Planning Loans: The Capacity Development and DWSRF Programs are offering Asset Management Planning Loans to CWS to develop a full asset management plan. A municipality may receive up to $50,000 in planning load forgiveness to develop and implement a DEC-approved asset management plan that meets the guidelines in Guidance 26. Please note: The application period for 2021 is January 1, 2021 - March 15, 2021. At this time there are no more loans available for 2021. Please contact us if you are interested in more information on these loans.
- 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.