The online RCAP Resources Library has a variety of resources that are useful to small, rural drinking water and wastewater systems.

How Do We Get Clean, Safe Water



Despite using and benefitting from drinking water and wastewater systems multiple times every day, most of us don’t even think about or know how these systems work. It takes a lot, in terms of natural, human, financial and other resources, as well as physical, chemical and biological processes, to bring clean, safe drinking water to your home and to deal with the waste you produce from a toilet or washing machine.

These sections of the RCAP website explain the treatment processes through the means of animated diagrams and short videos. Each of the two sets of videos is hosted by a member of RCAP’s field staff who provides an overview of the treatment process as well as special considerations or concerns that a system’s operator has in each step. The videos are meant to make non-operators more comfortable with the vocabulary and terms that a plant’s operator uses and to help a utility’s decision makers understand what is required to operate a dependable and sustainable water utility in terms of natural, human, financial and other resources.

Note: These diagrams and videos do not explain the treatment processes in a comprehensive manner and should not be used for training of operators.