A Message from Nathan Ohle, RCAP CEO:

Throughout the past few weeks, we have witnessed yet another systemic injustice with the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed. Over four decades, the RCAP Network has always stood for the common good, including a fair and just society that fosters healthy conversations, true collaboration and equitable partnerships. We strive to celebrate and lift the incredibly diverse make up of rural and tribal communities that we see every day through our work.

We do not have all the answers to address the inequity taking place across the country, or yet know what role the RCAP Network can play in this conversation. However, it is clear that we need to create a space for those conversations to take shape, and to elevate the voices of the rural communities that are working collaboratively with people from all walks of life. We work on regionalization and regional collaboration projects across the country, helping to facilitate tough conversations and bridge differences between and among communities. Those tough conversations are critical to ensuring that we create equitable opportunity for all communities.

What we see happening today in America is not just happening in big cities, it lives in communities of all sizes. Everyone wants to feel safe, secure, and valued, but too many people in this country do not.

Rural communities are much more diverse than most people realize. It is the diversity that exists in rural communities that makes them so special. Ensuring that everyone has affordable access to safe drinking water and sanitary wastewater disposal was the founding principal of RCAP, with a specific focus on the most vulnerable populations across the country. As we consider where we can play a role, we are always here to listen, learn and to support important conversations in whatever form they should take. RCAP will continue to focus on creating and lifting up positive stories, encouraging continued collaboration, providing venues for fruitful conversations, and ensuring that rural communities of color have an equitable opportunity.

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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