EPA seeks comments on document for small public water systems

December 16, 2009 | General RCAP News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted for public comment a draft of "Control and Mitigation of Drinking Water Losses in Distribution Systems," a guidance document intended to assist small public water systems in control of losses of drinking…

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Study finds hundreds of pollutants in nation’s tap water

December 15, 2009 | EPA

WASHINGTON, DC - Tap water in many large metropolitan areas is polluted with a cocktail of chemical contaminants. These pollutants usually don't violate any legal standards, but they often come in potentially toxic combinations that raise serious questions about the…

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New EPA website for energy efficiency and renewable energy at water and wastewater facilities

December 9, 2009 | General RCAP News

A new section on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website for energy efficiency and renewable energy at water and wastewater facilities has been launched. The site, at www.epa.gov/waterinfrastructure/energyefficiency.htm, falls under the sustainable infrastructure umbrella. The site includes energy-auditing tools, energy efficiency…

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RCAP staff meet with EPA’s Peter Silva

December 7, 2009 | General RCAP News

A group of RCAP staff had a brief "meet-and-greet" meeting with Peter Silva, the Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, on Dec. 4 at Silva's office in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the meeting was to speak…

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USGS: United States Using Less Water than 35 Years Ago

November 18, 2009 | General RCAP News

 United States Using Less Water than 35 Years AgoAssistant Secretary Castle Gives Atlantic Water Summit Keynote AddressWASHINGTON, D.C (DOI).--The United States is using less water than during the peak years of 1975 and 1980, according to water use estimates for…

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New ‘green infrastructure guide’ for small utilities

November 17, 2009 | General RCAP News

 Sustainable Infrastructure for Small System Public Services: A Planning and Resource Guide is a new book published by the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), the Western RCAP. On the purpose of the guide, its introduction states: “Rather than presenting theories, this…

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Materials for sessions at the RCAP National Conference

November 17, 2009 | General RCAP News

 The 2009 RCAP national conference took place Sept. 15-17, 2009, in Arlington, Va. Most of the conference's program was in seven blocks of sessions, and each block offered three sessions on different topics. Most sessions had multiple presenters, who came from…

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RCAP staff member appointed to USDA Rural Development post

November 17, 2009 | General RCAP News

 Originally posted to the RCAP news blog on Sept. 1, 2009 David Conine, a staff member of the Rural Community Assistance Corporation, the Western RCAP, has been named the Utah State Director for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Below…

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RCAP field staff honored with awards for service

November 17, 2009 | General RCAP News

Originally posted to the RCAP news blog on Sept. 23, 2009 Nine RCAP staff members were honored for exceptional service in their positions during RCAP's national conference Sept. 15-17 in Arlington, Va. The staff were honored at a lunchtime banquet held during…

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New website about drinking water issues available to small communities

November 17, 2009 | Rural Development, USDA

A new website featuring free articles and educational resources to increase awareness about crucial water and wastewater issues is now available.         The site, located at www.nesc.wvu.edu/waterwedrink, is part of “The Water We Drink: Small Community Outreach Campaign,” which offers information about…

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