Smoke Testing for Inflow & Infiltration

By Kinsey Brown | 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-10 Crisis

By Kinsey Brown | 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 Kinsey Brown | 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 Kinsey Brown | 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 Kinsey Brown | November 5, 2020

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 Environmental Finance Blog http://efc.web.unc.edu/ Water in Real Life Podcast https://www.theh2duo.com/waterinreallife/ Words on Water Podcast

Energy Management and Conservation Resources

By Kinsey Brown | November 5, 2020

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 University: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency https://www.dsireusa.org/ EPA: Energy

Water Loss Control Resources

By Kinsey Brown | 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 Kinsey Brown | November 5, 2020

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 https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-water-infrastructure/water-sector-workforce EPA: Guide for Applying Military Occupational Specialties (M.O.S.) to Civilian Drinking

Mapping Resources

By Kinsey Brown | 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

Security, Resiliency & Emergency Response Planning Resources

By Kinsey Brown | November 5, 2020

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 Response Planning Template for Public Drinking Water Systems https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/erp_rcap.pdf Preparing Your Wastewater System for Disasters