Protecting Water Quality by Optimizing the Operations and Maintenance of Distribution Systems

June 7, 2017 |

This guide provides background information on how to maintain water quality in drinking water distribution systems and treated-water storage facilities by concentrating on common problems and challenges and identifying potential improvements and solutions. While the primary audience for this guide…

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Big Guide for Small Systems

March 2, 2016 |

A comprehensive desk reference that is ideal as an orientation and background for new members on a utility's board of directors. Designed for members of the board of a drinking water and/or wastewater system in a small community. The guide…

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The Basics of Financial Management for Small-Community Utilities: A Self-Guided Training to Finances

April 6, 2012 |

This companion to The Basics of Financial Management for Small-community Utilities is designed to help users of the print version of the guide better understand the concepts presented through the expertise of public-sector professionals in an easy-to-use, interactive format. You…

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ARRA Reporting: Getting it Straight

March 7, 2012 |

As budget time arrives, some water systems find they have additional budget reporting to do this year. Some systems received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA, better known as the Stimulus. Those systems must report on…

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Formulate Great Rates Guidebook

March 7, 2012 |

Formulate Great Rates is RCAP's guidebook to conducting a rate study for a small water or wastewater system.  The purpose of this guide is to help utilities analyze the sufficiency of their current rates and to adjust those rates where…

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ARRA Registering and Reporting Guide for Water

December 13, 2011 |

ARRA Registering and Reporting Guide for Water/Wastewater Systems with Loans/Grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Utilities Service Walks communities that received loans of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds through USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) (for water and…

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USDA Rural Utilities Service Borrower’s Guide: A How-to for Water and Wastewater Loans from USDA Rural Development

December 13, 2011 |

Important notice that pertains to Section 2 of this guide (namely CCR registration for borrowers)>CCR is Going Away -- What to Expect (UPDATE) At the end of July 2012, the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system is going away. CCR, along…

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Sustainable Infrastructure for Small System Public Services: A Planning and Resource Guide

December 13, 2011 |

Rather than presenting theories, this guidebook provides information, worksheets, examples, case studies and resources on water conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy resources for small utilities. This planning and resources guide includes a step-by-step process for utility decision makers, staff…

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Getting Your Project to Flow Smoothly: A Guide to Developing Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

December 13, 2011 |

A comprehensive guide on all the steps a project owner (governing body of a utility) should go through in planning, designing and constructing infrastructure. A very detailed how-to on all phases of the process. Includes many pitfalls to avoid. Discusses…

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A Drop of Knowledge: The Non-Operator’s Guide to Wastewater Systems

December 12, 2011 |

Explains in simple, everyday language the various components/operations of a small wastewater system from when the customer flushes his/her toilet through collection, treatment, and return to source. This guide and its companion on drinking water treatment systems are the perfect…

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