Capacity development refers to a water system's technical, managerial, and financial ability to comply fully with all aspects of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act amendments required states to implement programs to help water systems develop capacity. The North Carolina Capacity Development Program achieves this objective and focuses on:
In addition, the North Carolina Capacity Development program develops tools and trainings to help water systems understand state and federal requirements.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Evaluating technical capacity through review of plans, specifications, and engineers’ reports
- Evaluating managerial capacity through the water system management plan
- Evaluating financial capacity through the water system management plan and by referring to other agencies with financial oversight, such as the Local Government Commission or Utilities Commission