The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Midland Benefits from RCAP Technical Assistance

By Rosalena Morrell | February 2, 2021

Wanda Martinez, Technical Assistance Provider, RCAP Solutions, The Northeast RCAP Midland, incorporated in 1906, is a small town located in Beaver County, Pennsylvania on the banks of the Ohio River. The town was known as one of the early mill towns in Pennsylvania and experienced an early 20th century industrial boom. Midland Steel Works became one of the most profitable businesses in the area and employed many locals.  By 1907, the borough government, fire & police departments, energy and transportation systems were operating. The Midland Water Company was

Smoke Testing for Inflow & Infiltration

By RCAP | January 4, 2021

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 this scenario continues to worsen as months and years go by, it becomes apparent that

Becoming Compliant During the COVID-19 Crisis

By RCAP | December 7, 2020

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 occupied the area. The county was established around 1818, and the town of Autaugaville was incorporated about 21

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

By RCAP | December 3, 2020

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 frontline water operators in partnership with Xylem Watermark and 120Water. In August, Xylem donated an

Senate Appropriations Committee Supports Economic Relief for Small Communities in Vermont

By RCAP | December 3, 2020

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 report language which specifically includes funding for non-profit organizations supporting underserved communities across the United

Water Finance and Management Libraries, Blogs & Podcasts

By RCAP | November 5, 2020

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 for ongoing learning at your own pace. Edmunds GovTech: Utility Information Pipeline Blog on water

Energy Management and Conservation Resources

By RCAP | November 5, 2020

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 to Save on Energy in your Utility This document aims to help understand your facilities

Water Loss Control Resources

By RCAP | November 5, 2020

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

Workforce Development & Planning Resources

By RCAP | November 5, 2020

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 Calculates time earned for actual work and equivalent experience for water and wastewater specialists. Brochures

Mapping Resources

By RCAP | November 5, 2020

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