Getting Assistance

RCAP offers assistance to small and rural communities for their community and non-community water and wastewater systems, private wells and septic systems and economic development.

  • RCAP can help gather initial data.
  • RCAP will determine a community's eligibility for technical and financial assistance.
  • RCAP will visit with communities on-site.
  • RCAP will help assess the community’s problems and prioritizes its needs.

  • RCAP will work with the community to develop a problem description.
  • RCAP will create a service plan, which includes proposed tasks and projected outcomes.
  • RCAP will grant the community a dedicated Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) to oversee the project.

Project Management
  • RCAP will coordinate the work with community members.
  • RCAP will help communities to find and utilize other resources available to them.
  • RCAP will help to keep funder and/or primacy agencies informed.

Long-Term Support
  • RCAP offers resources that can help communities sustain their systems once projects are completed.
  • RCAP has a library of resources available in digital and print copies (Spanish versions are also available).
  • RCAP offers in-person training and distance assistance opportunities
  • RCAP also has some funding opportunities available.

Success Stories


Located in southeastern Georgia, Nashville is the seat of Berrien County and provides water and wastewater services to approximately 1,940 households. The aging wastewater treatment plant and land-application spray fields had become undersized due to growth in the area and also suffered from large volumes of infiltration and inflow during heavy rains. A complete system upgrade had become necessary to manage the issues facing the city’s wastewater service. Read More


Avenue B & C Colonia, a community of about 1,000 homes located on the edge of Yuma, Ariz., consists of mostly trailers and modest houses. But despite being a stable neighborhood since the early 1900s, Colonia has for years suffered from chronic sewage problems. Read More


Comunidad Barrio Mamey is a very small, rural community water system located in the town of Patillas, Puerto Rico. The water system currently has 96 connections and is run primarily by volunteers. When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Puerto Rico Department of Health required the system to comply with Safe Drinking Water Act regulations, the community didn’t know where to start. Read More

Self-Guided Assistance and Long-Term Support Resources

Still not sure if RCAP can help?