Small drinking water system case studies on system partnerships for achieving sustainability

January 26, 2010 | General RCAP News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a compilation of case studies in a publication titled Gaining Operational and Managerial Efficiencies Through Water System Partnerships to highlight various approaches that small drinking water systems have taken to improve their…

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RCAP staff member featured in magazine article

January 11, 2010 | General RCAP News

John Rauch, a staff member of WSOS Community Action Commission, the Great Lakes RCAP, is featured in an article in the Fall 2009 issue of On Tap, a publication of the National Environmental Services Center (NESC). NESC is a close…

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EPA seeks applications for environmental community grants

December 29, 2009 | Community, Environment, EPA, Grants

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making $2 million available in 2010 to reduce pollution at the local level through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. CARE is a community-based program that works with county…

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EPA seeks comments on document for small public water systems

December 16, 2009 | General RCAP News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted for public comment a draft of "Control and Mitigation of Drinking Water Losses in Distribution Systems," a guidance document intended to assist small public water systems in control of losses of drinking…

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Study finds hundreds of pollutants in nation’s tap water

December 15, 2009 | EPA

WASHINGTON, DC - Tap water in many large metropolitan areas is polluted with a cocktail of chemical contaminants. These pollutants usually don't violate any legal standards, but they often come in potentially toxic combinations that raise serious questions about the…

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New EPA website for energy efficiency and renewable energy at water and wastewater facilities

December 9, 2009 | General RCAP News

A new section on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website for energy efficiency and renewable energy at water and wastewater facilities has been launched. The site, at www.epa.gov/waterinfrastructure/energyefficiency.htm, falls under the sustainable infrastructure umbrella. The site includes energy-auditing tools, energy efficiency…

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RCAP staff meet with EPA’s Peter Silva

December 7, 2009 | General RCAP News

A group of RCAP staff had a brief "meet-and-greet" meeting with Peter Silva, the Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, on Dec. 4 at Silva's office in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the meeting was to speak…

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USGS: United States Using Less Water than 35 Years Ago

November 18, 2009 | General RCAP News

 United States Using Less Water than 35 Years AgoAssistant Secretary Castle Gives Atlantic Water Summit Keynote AddressWASHINGTON, D.C (DOI).--The United States is using less water than during the peak years of 1975 and 1980, according to water use estimates for…

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New ‘green infrastructure guide’ for small utilities

November 17, 2009 | General RCAP News

 Sustainable Infrastructure for Small System Public Services: A Planning and Resource Guide is a new book published by the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), the Western RCAP. On the purpose of the guide, its introduction states: “Rather than presenting theories, this…

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Materials for sessions at the RCAP National Conference

November 17, 2009 | Trends, Water Use

 The 2009 RCAP national conference took place Sept. 15-17, 2009, in Arlington, Va. Most of the conference's program was in seven blocks of sessions, and each block offered three sessions on different topics. Most sessions had multiple presenters, who came from…

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