The online RCAP Resources Library has a variety of resources that are useful to small, rural drinking water and wastewater systems.
If you need major work done on your community’s water system, you will also need to hire an engineer. Hiring one is one of the first steps in the planning phase of a construction project. Once selected, an engineer is involved in nearly every aspect of the project, including identifying alternative solutions, evaluating financing options, completing designs, obtaining permits, bidding the project, and the construction. So you want to make sure you hire the right person for the job.
Here are some pointers for engineering the best hire possible:
For addition information or assistance, including specific state requirements, contact the office for your region of RCAP.
This list was developed by Great Lakes RCAP.
For more on hiring an engineer and managing construction projects
This RCAP guide provides a comprehensive description of the roles and responsibilities of the parties in a major construction project – engineer, owner (governing body of a utility), inspector, contractor, etc. Its 66 pages detail all the steps a project owner should go through in planning, designing and constructing infrastructure. It is a very detailed how-to on all phases of the process and includes many pitfalls to avoid. It discusses securing funding, how to stay organized, how to maintain control of a project.
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Do your part, be SepticSmart: The do’s and don’ts of your septic system
September 23 to 27 is national SepticSmart Week. Learn these simple steps to protect your home, health, environment and property value:
Protect It and Inspect It:
Do: Have your system inspected (in general) every three years by a licensed contractor and have the tank pumped, when necessary, generally every three to five years.
Think at the Sink:
Reprinted from EPA publication 832‐R‐13‐002