We are reminded in tough times of the collective spirit that brings us together as a country. In moments like this, the health and safety of the communities we serve remains the top priority for the RCAP Network during this global pandemic. Water and wastewater systems are incredibly important to a community's health, and we will continue to undertake our work in assisting rural and tribal communities with the upmost sense of responsibility, ensuring the safety and health of each community as well as our technical assistance providers.

While the future of the coronavirus is uncertain, our commitment to rural communities is not. We are in close contact with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and members of Congress and their staff to advocate on behalf of rural communities, and we will continue to raise the voices of small rural and tribal communities, and specifically the water and wastewater systems that support those communities, at every opportunity.

Our commitment is to be there in service for whatever needs a community might face. Working collaboratively, proactively and safely will ensure that communities of all sizes are able to continue to provide safe drinking water and sanitary wastewater services in these difficult times. It is in these situations that we need to think regionally, and understand that there are resources and collaborations  available through both RCAP technical assistance provider and also your neighboring communities. We are all in this together, and the more we lean on each other, the stronger we become.

Rural communities, water/wastewater operators, board members, etc. looking for information, resources, tools, should visit http://wateroperator.org/coronavirus

As always, RCAP guidebooks and resources can be found at https://www.rcap.org/resources/.

Thank you for all that you do to serve your community.


Nathan Ohle, RCAP CEO

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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