The capacity of a water system refers to the ability of
a water system to meet the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
and the New Mexico drinking water regulations in the present and into the
future. It is essential for water systems to strive to maximize their
capacity, not only to meet the regulatory requirements, but to be able to
qualify for funding and to ensure that the water system operates efficiently
with a minimum number of problems for administrators, operators and customers.
Capacity is generally broken into three categories:
Capacity, which relates to the adequacy of water system infrastructure
including water source, treatment, storage, and distribution facilities,
and the ability of system personnel to operate the infrastructure.
Managerial Capacity, which relates to the management structure of the
water system including the accountability of system ownership, staffing
and organizational adequacy, and effectiveness of management in acquiring
and using outside resources.
Capacity, which relates to the financial resources of the water system
including revenue sufficiency, credit worthiness, and fiscal control.
The Drinking Water Bureau's (DWB) Capacity Development
Program is intended to assist water systems increase their capacity.
Through DWB staff and through technical assistance contractors, DWB offers a
variety of services:
Workshops: a variety of workshops on technical,
managerial and financial topics are offered throughout the year and
across the state. For a list of upcoming workshops offered by DWB, our
contractors and other providers, CLICK HERE.
Assistance: in addition to the assistance that DWB
staff can provide, we have 2 assistance contracts. The first is with
the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) to provide direct
managerial and financial assistance with water systems. The second is
with the New Mexico Rural Water Association (NMRWA) to provide direct
Public Outreach: DWB has a variety of printed
materials to inform water system administrators and operators about a
variety of DWB programs. DWB also attempts to have a presence at as
many conferences around the state as possible. DWB staff are also
available to make presentations on a variety of topics at schools, fairs and
other public events.
Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund: DWB, along
with the New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA), administers the Drinking Water
Revolving Loan Fund (DWRLF). This is a loan fund targeted at drinking
water systems. Interest rates are below market rate with rates as low as 0%
for qualifying disadvantaged systems. For more information,
For more information on the capacity development program or to
request assistance for your water system, call DWB TOLL FREE 1-877-654-8720.