Over the past several years, APWA has been working with the EPA Office of Water and other national associations in the sector to bring useful resources and tools on sustainable utility management. The first set of resources developed through this collaboration was the Effective Utility Management attributes and Primer. Building upon the success of that project and in an effort to fulfill the President’s sustainability goals, the Office of Water partnered with the US Department of Agriculture to produce resources specific to small and rural communities.
This effort is modeled on the Effective Utility Management Initiative. The first, a new Rural and Small Systems Guidebook to Sustainable Utility Management, will help such systems assess the effectiveness of their operations, prioritize potential improvements, and develop an action plan to address these priorities. The second, a “Workshop in a Box,” contains a series of materials and instructions to help both rural and small systems and service providers market and conduct workshops based on the guidebook. For more information and to access these tools: http://www.apwa.net/DR/index.asp?ID=1700.