Water: Small Systems and Capacity Development
EPA Technical Assistance Centers
EPA funds eight Technical Assistance Centers (TACs) through earmark grants to provide on-site technical assistance, training, financial planning support and other services for small water systems. The TACs offer specialized technical assistance based on the needs of small systems in your area and provide management training that can improve system performance and efficiency.
- Alaska Training/Technical Assistance Center (ATTAC)
Offers water, wastewater, utility and sanitary survey workshops statewide and provides a range of additional resources for Alaska’s small public water system operators.
- Midwest Technology Assistance Center for Small Public Water Systems (MTAC)
Specializes in addressing the challenges posed by the region’s extensive agricultural activity; also provides compliance assistance and guidance on distribution system management and maintenance.
- Western Kentucky University Technical Assistance Center for Water Quality (WKU TACWQ)
Combines the resources and expertise of the Utility Management Institute (UMI), a circuit rider, source water research, and modern information technology capabilities to assist small water systems in Kentucky and throughout EPA Region 4.
- Southeastern Regional Small Public Water Systems Technical Assistance Center (SE-TAC)
Focuses on building partnerships with water systems, state primacy agencies, technical assistance providers, and universities to increase capacity among small systems throughout the Southeast.
- Missouri Technology Assistance Center for Small Public Drinking Water Systems
Emphasizes the role of emerging technologies in helping small systems comply with water quality standards; conducts leading-edge research at nationally recognized test sites; and partners with small communities, industry, and state agencies.
- Montana Technical Assistance Center
Leads the TACs in the development of training tools for small water system operators. Tools can be downloaded directly from this site, and most are available at no cost.
- New England Water Treatment Technology Assistance Center (NE-WTTAC) at the University of New Hampshire
Certified as an Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) facility by EPA, this TAC specializes in the research, development, and real-world testing of water treatment technologies, helping small systems implement innovative approaches to maintaining compliance.
- Small Public Water Systems Technology Assistance Center (SPWSTAC) at Penn State Harrisburg
Supports small systems in the Mid-Atlantic Region with operations training and technical assistance and evaluation; provides small system operator certification coursework and continuing education opportunities.