National Rural Water Association

Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Program

Training and Technology

NRWA Training and Technical Assistance program provides accredited operator certification training, board member training, and on-site technical assistance that supports the specific needs of small water system personnel, tribal systems, and overburden systems. Training Specialists have experience working with small systems and possess expert knowledge regarding their compliance challenges.

Classroom sessions are designed to meet state-specific compliance challenges. They are geographically located in areas to reach the most significant number of small system operators. This is important because many small public water systems lack the financial resources to allow operators to travel to central or urban areas for training, and these operators have no backup to respond to emergencies while they are absent.

Safe Drinking Water Act

The Training Specialists provide technical assistance in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act to small public water system personnel by working directly with them on-site at their system. Training Specialists assist in diagnosing, troubleshooting, and identifying solutions to operational and compliance-related problems using NRWA’s nationwide pool of expertise. Hands-on training is the most effective method to help staff and decision-makers become more successful operating their systems, and results in a better understanding of SDWA requirements.

The SDWA Compliance Assistance Program is designed to strengthen the technical capacity in small water systems, ultimately resulting in the reduction of the number of systems out of compliance with health-based standards. 

NRWA is proud to assist local communities in safeguarding human health and making America’s water systems sustainable and secure, while maintaining a strong partnership with the EPA.