Drought in California has 14 Communities on the Brink of Waterlessness reports the LA Times

September 26, 2014 | Compliance, Operator, Tribal

Record setting drought has caused water shortages throughout the west.  Since January, 28 communities have cycled on and off the list of "critical water systems" officials say could run dry in 60 days. Fourteen Central Valley communities remain on the…

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EPA Encourages Homeowners to Care for Their Septic Systems During SepticSmart Week

September 23, 2014 | Operator, Tribal

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold its second annual SepticSmart Week September 22-26. SepticSmart Week outreach activities encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems. Nearly one-quarter of all American households depend on…

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Prescription for Trouble? Studying Pharmaceuticals in Wastewater

September 18, 2014 | General RCAP News

On It All Starts with Science, an EPA blog about science matters, Marguerite Huber details a recent EPA study on prescription drug concentrations in municipal wastewater.  Huber writes,"Approximately 1,800 drugs are approved for prescription use in the United States. Have…

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Ensuring the Resiliency of Our Future Water and Energy Systems

September 18, 2014 | General RCAP News

Water and energy systems are interdependent.  To see how water is used in all phases of energy production and how energy is required to extract, pump, and deliver water for use by humans check out US Department of Energy's latest…

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Helping Children in Hidden Rural Poverty

September 15, 2014 | General RCAP News

"When many people hear child poverty in America the first stereotype is an inner city child and discussions about solutions to poverty often focus on concentrated poverty in urban areas. But in a nation where over 16 million children, more…

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EPA Announces Funding to Create Two New Drinking Water Innovation Centers

September 9, 2014 | General RCAP News

We are excited to partner with the University of Colorado Boulder’s Design of Risk Reducing, Innovative Implementable Small System Knowledge (DeRISK) Center on new strategies for technology assessment and implementation in small drinking water systems.  Read all about it in…

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RCAP Gets Behind Protect Your Groundwater Day September 9

September 9, 2014 | Water Quality

Extended droughts in California and Texas have put the spotlight on a critical resource of importance to every person—groundwater. Today, on Protect Your Groundwater Day, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) urges the public to act to safeguard groundwater.Groundwater makes up…

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After Toledo water scare, states ask EPA for help

September 8, 2014 | General RCAP News

The Associated Press reports,"TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Algae that turned Lake Erie green and produced toxins that fouled the tap water for 400,000 people in the Toledo area are becoming a big headache for those who keep drinking water safe…

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In CA, it could be decades, experts say, before the most depleted groundwater basins recover under new legislation

September 8, 2014 | EPA

The LA Times reports,"California is finally about to join the rest of the West in regulating groundwater supplies. But the package of bills awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature is not an instant fix for the state's shrinking, over-pumped aquifers.It could…

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Flush-Defying Wipes Bedevil Cities as Sewers Surrender

September 8, 2014 | General RCAP News

"Wastewater officials in New York and other cities say products advertised as flushable aren’t, and that adults use products such as baby wipes that are too resilient to dissolve.New York City, which runs the largest U.S. sewer system, has spent…

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