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.


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


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.


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 expertise.

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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