Becoming Compliant During the COVID-10 Crisis

December 7, 2020 | Compliance, COVID-19

By: Melissa Jones, Staff Writer, Communities Unlimited & Alfred Jackson, Community Environmental Management Technician, Communities Unlimited  The small town of Autaugaville lies in the heart of Alabama. The town is located in Autauga County, which took its name from the Native American tribe that…

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

December 3, 2020 | COVID-19, Operator

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) sent to frontline workers in rural communities across the United States December 3, 2020 – Washington, DC – The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) announced in July it was sourcing and donating 40,000 N95 masks to…

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Senate Appropriations Committee Supports Economic Relief for Small Communities in Vermont

December 3, 2020 | Federal, Funding

December 1, 2020 - Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations is supporting small communities by increasing funding for national technical assistance programs administered by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) within the Department of Commerce, and including…

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Water Finance and Management Libraries, Blogs & Podcasts

November 5, 2020 | Asset Management, Managerial and Financial

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 https://www.edmundsgovtech.com/blog/ IB Environmental: Ripple Effects - An Environmental Blog https://www.ibenvironmental.com/blog Manny Teodoro: Blog http://mannyteodoro.com/  Southwest Environmental Finance Center: Blog https://swefc.unm.edu/home/blog/ UNC Environmental Finance Center: The…

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Energy Management and Conservation Resources

November 5, 2020 | Asset Management, Managerial and Financial

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 can do to Save on Energy in your Utility https://www.rcap.org/resource/five-things-you-can-do-to-save-on-energy-in-your-utility/Energy Efficiency at Wastewater Treatment Facilities https://www.rcap.org/resource/energy-efficiency-at-wastewater-treatment-facilities/ National Rural Water Association: Energy Efficiency Program https://nrwa.org/energy-efficiency-program/NC State…

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Water Loss Control Resources

November 5, 2020 | Asset Management, Managerial and Financial

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 Finance Center: The Water Audit Handbook for Small Drinking Water Systems https://swefc.unm.edu/wlswitchboard/resource/water-audit-handbook-for-small-drinking-water-systems/EPA: Water Audits and Water Loss Control for Public Water Systems https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-04/documents/epa816f13002.pdf

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Workforce Development & Planning Resources

November 5, 2020 | Asset Management, Managerial and Financial

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 Recruiting Drinking Water and Wastewater Operators https://www.rcap.org/resource/brochures-for-recruiting-drinking-water-and-wastewater-operators/What Does It Take to Be an Operator? https://www.rcap.org/resource/what-does-it-take-to-be-an-operator/ MAP: Basic Operator Math Workshop http://www.map-inc.org/uploads/5/2/2/1/52214049/general_math_booklet_updated_9.19.18.pdf EPA: Water Sector Workforce…

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Mapping Resources

November 5, 2020 | Asset Management, Managerial and Financial

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 Source Waters (DWMAPS) Data Layers https://www.epa.gov/sourcewaterprotection/drinking-water-mapping-application-protect-source-waters-dwmaps-data-layers

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Security, Resiliency & Emergency Response Planning Resources

November 5, 2020 | Asset Management, Managerial and Financial

RCAP & AWWA's Small Systems Risk and Resilience Assessment Worksheet RCAP & AWWA's Small Systems Field Assessment Checklist RCAP & AWWA's AWIA Small Systems Certificate Program https://www.awwa.org/Professional-Development/Small-Systems#10954561-awia-small-systems-certificate-program RCAP Emergency Response Planning Guide for Public Drinking Water Systems https://www.rcac.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/ERP-drinking-water.pdf RCAP Emergency…

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Obtaining Infrastructure Funding Resources

November 5, 2020 | Asset Management, Managerial and Financial

USDA Rural Utilities Service Borrower’s Guide: A How-to for Water and Wastewater Loans from USDA Rural Development https://www.rcap.org/resource/usda-rural-utilities-service-borrowers-guide-a-how-to-for-water-and-wastewater-loans-from-usda-rural-development/ Getting Your Project to Flow Smoothly: A Guide to Developing Water and Wastewater Infrastructure https://www.rcap.org/resource/getting-your-project-to-flow-smoothly-a-guide-to-developing-water-and-wastewater-infrastructure/How does the Federal Budget Impact Rural Utilities?…

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