Small Public Water Systems

Project Summary

The overall goal of this project is to improve the financial and managerial capacity and enable small public water systems to provide safe drinking water across the US.  The Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) is working together on this project, as it is uniquely positioned to build managerial and financial capacity of small public drinking water systems with its collective experience, including its long history and expertise helping communities and its capacity to serve all EPA Regions, all 50 states, and US territories. 

Each EFC in the Network will work with small water systems in its region to tailor specific training and technical assistance to fit the needs of those systems.  Our EFC will work directly with state agencies, utility managers, and leaders in the Mid-Atlantic region to provide training and technical assistance to help improve the capacity of small drinking water systems in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.

To meet the objectives of this project, the EFCN will utilize classroom trainings, workshops, small group and one-on-one assistance, remote trainings and webcasts, tools and training materials available on websites, and distribution of printed materials.  All trainings and technical assistance will be done free of charge for the participants. To ensure services match the needs of small systems, the EFCN will coordinate with the EPA Regional offices and state regulatory and funding agencies. 


EFC Network partners at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Syracuse University, EFC West (Dominican University of California), University of Southern Maine, University of Louisville, Wichita State University, and Boise State University


US Environmental Protection Agency  

For more information from the events and resources for small public water systems, visit the Environmental Finance Center Network’s website.

For more information, pleae contact Dan Nees at, 301.405.5421.