Water system capacity is the technical, managerial and financial capability of a water system to achieve and maintain compliance with drinking water standards and consistently provide safe drinking water.
Technical capacity refers to the physical and operational ability of a water system. This includes assessing and assuring the adequacy of source water and physical infrastructure as well as the technical knowledge and ability of system personnel to properly operate and maintain the system.
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Managerial capacity refers to the institutional and administrative ability of a water system. It is the ability of system decision makers to conduct necessary activities such as staffing, planning, maintaining accountability and interacting with customers and regulatory agencies.
Financial capacity refers to the ability of a water system to acquire and manage sufficient financial resources. This involves generating sufficient revenue, maintaining credit worthiness and managing water system funds through budgeting, accounting, and other methods of fiscal control.