Smoke Testing for Inflow & Infiltration

January 4, 2021 | Blog, General RCAP News

By: Paul Brezina, Technical Assistance Provider, Midwest Assistance Program (MAP) When your city receives downpouring rains and your wastewater operator lets you know that the lagoons are filling up at an unusual rate, it is time to ask why. As…

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Becoming Compliant During the COVID-19 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 RCAP's monthly online newsletter with information for small, rural and tribal drinking water and wastewater systems WaterOperator.org: Resource Library Portal for information from across the water industry that saves time, answers questions, and provides opportunities…

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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 This planning and resources guide includes a step-by-step process for utility decision makers, staff and community members wanting to operate increasingly efficient utilities. Five Things You can do…

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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 This video was produced to help leaders and decision-makers of systems understand what they need in an operator and what an operator does on a daily basis. Certification Calculator App…

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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 The information in the worksheet addresses the basic elements of a risk and resilience assessment for small systems to comply with America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. RCAP &…

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