Rural Matters

RCAP is a non-profit network reaching rural and small communities in all 50 states to improve quality of life by starting at the tap.

Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)

Training

RCAP provides training for water operators, utility board members, financial officers, and community members to help prepare communities to manage their own water systems and reach financial sustainability.

Development

RCAP works with communities
and partners across the country
to advocate and generate economic opportunities for rural areas.
RCAP seeks to ensure that
every community has the resources
needed to thrive and plans
for economic growth and sustainability.

Support

RCAP has a team of Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs) across the country who live and work in the communities we serve. These TAPs help communities by providing practical guidance and capacity-building expertise – from financial advice, to environmental services like helping communities comply with federal and state regulations, and more.

10 to 20 jobs added in the U.S. for every $1 million invested in water supply and treatment infrastructure

1.25 million+ Americans live without access to complete plumbing facilities

U.S. EPA estimates costs small community water systems need to maintain and update infrastructure is 74.4 billion.

the RCAP network serves annually 1 million+ rural households

83% of water systems in the United States are identified as small systems.

RCAP has 200+ experts on staff to help small communities.

Our Partners

Northeastern RCAP

Serving all six New England states, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Southeastern RCAP

Serving Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Great Lakes RCAP

Serving Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Southern RCAP

Serving Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Alabama.

Midwest RCAP

Serving Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Western RCAP

Serving Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

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RCAP, Xylem and 120Water Provide More Than 100,000 Face Masks to Essential Utility Workers in Rural Communities

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) sent to frontline workers in rural communities across the United States ...
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Senate Appropriations Committee Supports Economic Relief for Small Communities in Vermont

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Water Finance and Management Libraries, Blogs & Podcasts

RCAP’s A Drop of Knowledge https://www.rcap.org/drop-of-knowledge/ WaterOperator.org: Resource Library http://wateroperator.org/library Edmunds GovTech: Utility Information Pipeline ...
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Energy Management and Conservation Resources

Sustainable Infrastructure for Small System Public Services: A Planning and Resource Guide https://www.rcap.org/resource/sustainable-infrastructure-for-small-system-public-services-a-planning-and-resource-guide/Five Things You ...
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Water Loss Control Resources

AWWA: Water Loss Control https://www.awwa.org/Resources-Tools/Resource-Topics/Water-Loss-Control Southwest Environmental Finance Center:  Water Loss Switchboard https://swefc.unm.edu/wlswitchboard/ Southwest Environmental ...
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Workforce Development & Planning Resources

The Importance of an Operator in a Community’s Water Systems https://www.rcap.org/resource/importance-operator-communitys-water-systems/Certification Calculator App https://www.rcap.org/resource/certification-calculator-app/Brochures for ...
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Mapping Resources

ESRI: Mapping Small and Rural Water Systems https://www.esri.com/en-us/landing-page/industry/water/2019/mapping-rural-and-small-water-systems EPA: Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect ...
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Security, Resiliency & Emergency Response Planning Resources

RCAP & AWWA's Small Systems Risk and Resilience Assessment Worksheet RCAP & AWWA's Small Systems ...
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