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Building the Capacity of Drinking Water Systems

Water System Partnerships

This new, interactive website for water system partnerships is a one-stop-shop for states, public water systems, and the general public to find cooperative tools to address their drinking water challenges. The website will lead you through the story of partnerships, exploring the different types of partnerships to consider, and outlining examples of successful partnerships across the country.  There are pages with resources, both national and state, to assist systems in the partnerships process. 

The information presented in this interactive website lays out ways partnerships can address common challenges that water systems face, leading to increased public health through leveraging of existing resources.   

Explore the interactive website for water system partnerships.

How to Support Water System Partnership: Water System Partnership Handbook(695 K) (19 pp, 693KB, March 2020, EPA 810-B-19-002,  About PDF). This document was updated from the EPA's 1991 Restructuring Manual, Chapter 4: Role of the Drinking Water Regulator (EPA 570-9-91-035).  This document is a tool intended to provide state's, and their drinking water programs, including tribal systems, an opportunity to identify potential water system partnerships, by walking states through a series of interactive steps.