In 1996 the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was amended to include a new provision called "Capacity Development". Section 1420(a) of the Federal SDWA requires that a state must develop and implement a strategy to assist public water systems in acquiring and maintaining technical, managerial and financial capacity.
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The Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires that the Department report the Governor on the efficacy of the South Carolina's Capacity Development Strategy and progress made toward improving the technical, managerial and financial capacity of public water systems in the State. The SDWA also requires that this report be made available to the public.