Region 1: EPA New England

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  • Basic Training for Drinking Water Board Members
    An on-line course and reference guide was developed by the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) with funding under U.S. EPA Region I Assistance Agreement No. X6-97109101-2.

    Description: Among the many people supporting a community's water system are members of a governing board. These board members, or in some communities, water commissioners, are often citizen volunteers with little or no prior knowledge of running a water system. State and federal agencies along with water associations recognize that these volunteers play a vital role in ensuring the continued safety of our drinking water supplies. To support the work of governing boards, they have developed numerous training tools and guides to understanding water treatment and regulations. This guide, along with the accompanying on-line training course, represents only a fraction of those tools. It was prepared to give board members a basic understanding of everything from running a board meeting, to setting water rates and working closely with the water operator. For those who want more training and information, many other detailed references are available and are listed in the Appendices.

    The reference guide booklet and self-paced on-line training course Exit are available.