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Financial Sustainability for Small Systems….eLearning Course for small systems…FREE!!!

Financial Sustainability for Small Systems

This eLearning course is made possible through a USEPA grant for small systems training in conjunction with AWWA’s training partner, the Environmental Finance Center Network and is intended for small systems serving populations under 10,000. AWWA membership is not required; however, registration is required.


Course Length: 2 hours


Cost to small systems: FREE


Registration link:


Course Description:

This eLearning course focuses on 3 major areas needed by small systems to achieve financial sustainability; including understanding enterprise funds and their revenues, as well as an overview of what is needed to protect public health through safe water.


The course is divided into three modules.

  • Module 1 describes an enterprise fund and explains how to set-up, manage, and use those funds.
  • Module 2 covers enterprise fund revenues including their origin, what they should cover, and how to set up rates to cover expenses.
  • Module 3 illustrates the major elements of what it takes to provide safe water to protect public health, including major regulations and their role in water quality, common operational questions managers should address, and how to involve operators in management decisions.


Learning Objectives:

  • Operating a Water System to Protect Public Health
    • Explain the health effects of regulations and water quality
    • Answer common operational questions public works managers have about water systems
    • Explain common ways a manager can involve their operators in management decisions
  • Enterprise Fund Revenues
    • Explain the origin of enterprise funds
    • Explain what enterprise funds should cover
    • Demonstrate how to set rates to cover expenses
  • Understanding Enterprise Funds
    • Explain what an Enterprise Fund is
    • Explain what an Enterprise Fund is not
    • Describe what an Enterprise Fund should do for you
    • Demonstrate how to set-up, manage and use your Enterprise Funds


Continuing Education Units:

2 Hours / 0.2 CEUs

Attendees may be awarded CEUs for AWWA education programs by the state licensing agency. AWWA grants CEUs for this course at a rate of 1 CEU for 10 contact hours. It is the individual’s responsibility, before registering for any education program, to contact his/her licensing agency: 1. To confirm that the education program is acceptable for continuing education credit towards the particular license; 2. To confirm what is needed to submit for credit approval.


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