An annual event held occurring in mid-October, Rural Homecoming is an opportunity for rural communities to participate in a national celebration, and to invite their friends and family to celebrate what makes rural so special. An updated toolkit will be made available soon with virtual options to participate in Rural Homecoming.
Please plan to attend this 1.5-hour webinar featuring 3 presentations from technical assistance providers working with communities. This webinar will review wastewater collection system basics including operation and maintenance, methods to check for inflow and infiltration, and best management practices for these systems. A certificate of attendance will be issued to webinar participants for 1.5 hours (generated for active participation via GoToWebinar).
1. “Collection System Basics” by Pablo Figueroa, Regional Environmental Manager (Arizona), and Jason Carman, Rural Development Specialist (Oregon), Regional RCAC (Rural Community Assistance Corporation):
"Basic operation of wastewater collection systems including gravity design, scouring velocity, jetting/rodding, and lift station maintenance."
2. “Attacking I&I - Smoke Testing in a Connected World" by Joe Lawrie, Senior Rural Development Specialist (Ohio), GLCAP (Great Lakes Community Action Partnership):
"Brief review of methods to check for I&I (inflow & infiltration) with a case-study of the smoke testing methodology used with map-centric data collection and report generation."
3. “Collection System Best Management Practices” by Cesario Vela, Community Environmental Management Specialist (Texas), CU (Communities Unlimited):
"Summary of best management practices for wastewater collection systems including sewer mapping, hydraulic modeling, flow and rainfall monitoring, fats, oil, and grease (FOG) program, collection system maintenance program, sewer system condition assessment and rehabilitation program, and contingency and emergency response plans."
This webinar would discuss experiences in addressing COVID at small water systems and assistance available to maintain operations. Speakers will address: Resources for operators, modifying operations to improve operator safety, obtaining personnel protective equipment, challenges in obtaining a certified operator, and a small business toolkit to take advantage of COVID relief programs.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us, drinking water utilities face unexpected events that can threaten to disrupt water service. While we cannot prevent natural disasters and emergencies from occurring, utilities can act to lessen their impact and to keep the water flowing. This webinar will describe how you can assess the risks your utility faces from both natural disasters and man-made threats. The webinar will explain what steps you can take to mitigate these potential threats. The webinar will also summarize how to establish strategies, plans, and procedures to respond to an incident when it occurs. Under America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, all water systems serving 3,300 people or more are required to complete these Risk and Resilience Assessments and Emergency Response Plans in 2021. The webinar will identify free templates and resources developed by RCAP and by EPA that you can use to complete these requirements, and RCAP staff will share their experiences of working with communities on emergency response.
RCAP staff and rural community members from across the country will meet virtually with elected representatives and agency staffers to discuss issues facing rural America. Click here for more information, including the draft agenda.
The RCAP National Conference is an opportunity for technical assistance providers from across the country to gather together and discuss common challenges, issues and opportunities faced in rural communities. More information to come.
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 DisastersRead More
USDA Rural Utilities Service Borrower’s Guide: A How-to for Water and Wastewater Loans from USDA Rural Development https://www.rcap.org/resource/usda-rural-utilities-service-borrowers-guide-a-how-to-for-water-and-wastewater-loans-from-usda-rural-development/ Getting Your Project to Flow Smoothly: A Guide to Developing Water and Wastewater Infrastructure https://www.rcap.org/resource/getting-your-project-to-flow-smoothly-a-guide-to-developing-water-and-wastewater-infrastructure/ How does the Federal Budget Impact Rural Utilities? https://www.rcap.org/resource/federal-budget-impact-rural-utilities/ RCAC: Sustainable Infrastructure for Small System Public Services: A Planning and Resource GuideRead More
Big Guide for Small Systems https://www.rcap.org/resource/big-guide-for-small-systems/ A Drop of Knowledge: The Non-operator’s Guide to Drinking Water Systems https://www.rcac.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Non-operatorsGuideDRINKINGWATERSystems.pdf Board Building Blocks https://www.rcap.org/resource/board-building-blocks/ Supplying Community Water https://www.rcap.org/resource/supplying-community-water/ The Importance of an Operator in a Community’s Water Systems https://www.rcap.org/resource/importance-operator-communitys-water-systems/Read More
RCAP Report Resiliency Through Water and Wastewater System Partnerships: 10 Lessons from Community Leaders https://www.rcap.org/blog/regionalizationresearch/ Regionalization One-pager https://www.rcap.org/resource/regionalization-one-pager/ Benefits of Regionalization https://www.rcap.org/resource/benefits-of-regionalization/ Affordability and Capacity Issues of Small Water and Wastewater Systems: A Case for Regionalization of Small Systems https://www.rcap.org/resource/affordability-and-capacity-issues-of-small-water/ A Drop of Knowledge: Partnering by Example https://www.rcap.org/november-2020-dok/ A Drop of Knowledge: How to Leverage Regional CollaborationRead More
Understanding and Improving your Water System’s Bill Collection Rate RCAP Webinar Formulate Great Rates Guidebook https://www.rcap.org/resource/formulate-great-rates-a-self-guided-training-to-setting-rates/ Formulate Great Rates: A Webcast on Setting Rates in Small-Community Utilities (Part 1) https://www.rcap.org/resource/formulate-great-rates-a-webcast-on-setting-rates-in-small-community-utilities/ Formulate Great Rates: A Webcast on Setting Rates in Small-Community Utilities (Part 2) https://www.rcap.org/resource/formulate-great-rates-a-webcast-on-setting-rates-in-small-community-utilities-part-2/ Rate Guide Supplemental Materials (Excel) https://www.rcap.org/resource/rateguide/ Basics of Financial Management GuidebookRead More
Big Guide for Small Systems https://www.rcap.org/resource/big-guide-for-small-systems/ Asset Life Expectancy Guide https://www.rcap.org/resource/asset-life-expectancy-guide/ EPA: Check-Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) Asset Management Tool https://www.epa.gov/dwcapacity/check-program-small-systems-cupss-asset-management-tool EPA: Asset Management Resources for States and Small Drinking Water Systems https://www.epa.gov/dwcapacity/asset-management-resources-states-and-small-drinking-water-systems Southwest Environmental Finance Center: Asset Management Switchboard https://swefcamswitchboard.unm.edu/am/ AWWA: Planning for Rehabilitation, Renewal and Replacement https://www.awwa.org/Resources-Tools/Resource-Topics/Asset-Management &nbsRead More
Big Guide for Small Systems https://www.rcap.org/resource/big-guide-for-small-systems/ A Drop of Knowledge: Five Core Questions to Answer for Effective Management of System Assets https://www.rcap.org/12092-2/ EPA: Effective Water Utility Management Practices https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-water-infrastructure/effective-water-utility-management-practices EPA: Rural and Small Systems Guidebook to Sustainable Water and Wastewater Utility Management https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-water-infrastructure/rural-and-small-systems-guidebook-sustainable-water-and-wastewater Water EUM: Ten Attributes of Effectively Managed Water Sector Utilities https://www.watereum.org/resources/interactive-primer/ten-attributes/ EPA:Read More
Partnering by Example By: Zach Green, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) As we all know, COVID-19 has put us in some tough spots throughout the course of 2020. However, it is during these trying times that some outside of the box thinking can lead to some real, tangible gains. Prior to COVID-19, the U.S.Read More
Shelly Underwood is a Technical Assistance Provider for the Midwest Assistance Program (MAP) in Kansas. She has been with the organization for 2.5 years, starting in 2018. Prior to MAP, Shelly spent 8+ years as a City Clerk for a rural community in Southeast Kansas. While working as City Clerk, she obtained her class 1Read More