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Self-Evaluation Toolkit for Drinking Water Systems (includes a 28-minute video)

The Maryland Center for Environmental Training (MCET) has developed a self-evaluation toolkit for small drinking water systems.  The toolkit, titled "Staying Ahead of the Curve:  How well do you know your water system?" is designed to provide the administrators of small local governments and the managers of small public drinking water systems with the tools necessary to learn about the water systems for which they are responsible and, in turn, be able to respond more effectively to the challenges they face.  If you would like to receive a copy of the toolkit, please contact MCET at 301-934-7500 or e-mail at

The toolkit was designed to be used as a package and includes the following components: 

Drinking Water and Wastewater Handbook for Local Officials

This handbook has been designed to help local officials understand legal and technical requirements for treatment, storage, and distribution of drinking water and collection, treatment, and discharge of wastewater. 

Staying Ahead of the Curve: How well do you know your water system? (Video)
This 28-minute video describes a water system self-evaluation, including technical, managerial, and financial considerations. The commentary includes interviews with leading technical and financial experts in the water industry, regulators, operators, and town administrators.

Water System Self-Evaluation:  A Tool For Getting to Know Your Water System
This questionnaire, which is divided into separate sections to include general facility information, technical (operations and maintenance), managerial, and financial topics, can be used to record the results of your annual evaluation. Tables at the end of each section can help you summarize findings and prioritize your budget.

The toolkit, which was developed as part of an Environmental Protection Agency Technology Assistance Center grant, is the result of intensive work with more than 30 small drinking water systems in a six-state region.  MCET's work with these facilities to identify and overcome technical, managerial, and financial challenges showed that small systems benefit greatly from periodic, concentrated evaluations of their operations.

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