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

Rural Matters

Rural Matters is sent free to subscribers by email or post-mail every month around the middle of the month.

Rural Matters is the magazine of the RCAP national network.

Rural Matters informs readers about the important environmental and infrastructure development issues facing rural communities today. It is a forum where those who live and work in America’s rural communities can give voice to new ideas and tackle challenges.

Rural Matters is provided to communities and utilities where RCAP is actively engaged in assistance and training projects or where it has provided assistance in the past. The majority of readers are utility managers, operators and board members. It is also circulated to state and federal regulators and development staff. Total circulation is nearly 7,800.

The magazine is published several times per year – from three to six issues.

The contents of this 24-page full-color magazine are produced by national office staff, RCAP field staff, staff of RCAP’s funding agencies, and staff of related organizations. The magazine is edited by communications staff in the RCAP national office. Rural Matters shares information in a variety of directions – from a national perspective, such as news and developments from RCAP’s funders, and among field staff and communities, which share information about their work and expertise with each other, such as in case studies that show what works and what doesn’t in projects.


Rural Matters always welcomes ideas for articles or items to report on, such as shorter blurbs for the Rural Development section. The magazine also encourages full-length feature articles written by RCAP field staff or staff of RCAP’s funders and others who are concerned about rural issues.

Feedback (letters/emails to the editor) on articles is also welcome.
Contact the Rural Matters‘ editor at 202/470-2808.
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Rural Matters accepts advertising. Please contact the editor at 202/470-2808 for information.

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