Small Systems

Resources for Small Systems

Operating costs, aging infrastructure and increasing regulatory compliance are just some of the difficulties that utilities have to face on a daily basis, and smaller systems often have to face these issues with fewer resources. Our goal is to provide assistance and resources to help ease the burden. 

Small System Operastors

We’re a small rural system with limited resources, so trying to stay on top of where the water and sewer industry is going can be tough. AWWA does the leg work for us. When we use their standards and other tools, we know we’re in line with the industry and not off-base. AWWA materials allow us to train our people to be good operators and stewards of the water system. AWWA membership is critical to our operations.

Derek W. Starkety, P.E. City Engineer, City of Fernley-Public Works Department


Free Small Systems Training

Technical, financial and managerial training is available to help small public water systems maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. 

Training is available for small public water systems, either community or non-community, serving a population of 10,000 persons or fewer.

Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance Training

October 24, 2019 - White River Junction, VT 
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November 5, 2019 - Ankeny, IA
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November 6, 2019 - Helena, MT 
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November 7, 2019 - State College, PA 
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November 14, 2019  - Destin, FL
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November 20, 2019 -  Kingston, OK
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December 4, 2019 - Wetumpka, AL
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Optimization and Funding Training

October 29, 2019 - Cleveland, MS 
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November 5, 2019 - Kerney, NE
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November 13, 2019 - Culpeper, VA 
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November 21, 2019 - Albuquerque, NM
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Small Systems Resources

AWWA Small Systems Field Guide, Water and Wastewater

Operators of small water systems do it all. This handy field guide provides all the day-to-day information needed to operate small water and wastewater systems.

M54 Developing Rates for Small Systems

M54 gives you the step-by-step guidance you need to determine your revenue requirements, analyze your rates for different customer classes, develop a financial plan, and design a better rate structure. 

A100-15 Water Wells

This standard covers the minimum requirements for vertical water supply wells, including geologic and hydrologic conditions and water quality and well construction.  Application of this standard is not limited by well depth.

G100-17 Water Treatment Plant Operation and Management

This ANSI-approved standard describes the critical requirements for the effective operation and management of drinking water treatment plants.