How does the Federal Budget Impact Rural Utilities?

March 14, 2012 |

How does the federal budget impact rural utilities? The level of federal funding available for water and wastewater infrastructure may vary significantly from year to year and can have a dramatic impact your community’s ability to secure funds for a…

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Ten Tips to Help Communities Hire an Engineer

February 22, 2012 |

This list was developed by Great Lakes RCAP. A couple of the points speak of the situation in Ohio, but the tips can be applied in other states as well. Know what your project is before you begin. Communities should…

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Capital ideas

February 14, 2012 |

In the midst of the budgetary process, perhaps the biggest question is what to do about capital improvements – those big projects that are needed to repair or improve the system but are costly and can take a long time…

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Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS)

January 5, 2012 |

CUPSS is a free, easy-to-use, asset-management tool for small drinking water and wastewater utilities. CUPSS provides a simple, comprehensive approach based on EPA's highly successful Simple Tools for Effective Performance (STEP) Guide series. Use CUPSS to help you develop: A…

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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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