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.
Mark your calendars for RuralRise. Registration opens soon and will be held via Zoom. More information to come.
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 21Read More
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 anRead More
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 UnitedRead More
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 waterRead More
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 facilitiesRead More
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.pdfRead More
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. BrochuresRead More
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-layersRead More
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 & AWWA’s Small Systems Field Assessment Checklist Field Assessment Checklist for Small System Critical Assets. RCAPRead More