On Oct. 1, 1999, the Capacity Development Program requirements went into effect for new or expanding community and non-transient non-community public water system.
- Capacity development refers to a water system's technical, managerial, and financial ability to comply fully with all aspects of the SDWA. The 1996 SDWA Amendments require states to create capacity development programs and to prevent the formation of non-viable community and non-transient non-community water systems. The first opportunity for the Public Water Supply Section to determine capacity before formation or expansion of a water system is during the plan review and approval phase. The rules were created through an advisory committee process and include the required aspects of the capacity development program: technical, managerial, and financial capacity.
- Technical capacity refers to the physical and operational ability of a water system to meet SDWA requirements. Prior to Oc. 1, 1999, an engineer's report and engineering plans and specifications were required. The new technical requirements include the completion of an Operation and Maintenance Plan and an Emergency Management Plan for all new or expanding community and non-transient non-community water systems [Rule .0307 (d)(e)].
- Managerial capacity is the ability of the water system owner and manager(s) to conduct the affairs of the system in a manner that enables the water system to achieve and maintain compliance with SDWA requirements. As part of a Water System Management Plan, new or expanding community and non-transient non-community water systems must develop and submit documentation regarding the systems organization, ownership, management qualifications, management training and policies [Rule .0307 (c)].
- Financial capacity is a water system owner's ability to acquire and manage financial resources to allow the system to achieve and maintain compliance with the SDWA requirements. As part of a Water System Management Plan, new or expanding community and non-transient non-community water systems must develop and submit documentation to demonstrate the water systems financial capacity. For systems regulated by the North Carolina Local Government Commission, or the North Carolina Utilities Commission, this financial capacity may be demonstrated by documenting compliance with Local Government Commission or North Carolina Utilities Commission requirements [Rule .0307 (c)(7)].