RCAP works in small, rural communities across the United States, its territories, and in tribal areas. Most of the communities where RCAP works are low-income and have a population under 2,500.
RCAP’s assistance enables communities to provide a reliable, safe and clean supply of drinking water and a sanitary wastewater disposal system. The health of residents is protected, the environment is cared for, and the economies of whole communities are supported by this critical infrastructure.
153,000 public water systems in the US
400 billion gallons of water used in the US each day
1 Million miles of water pipeline and aqueducts in the US and Canada, enough to circle the earth 40 times
August 2014 Lessons from RCAC’s Drought Mitigation Planning Workshops By Neil Worthen, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) California’s three-year drought is on track to be one of the worst in state history. It is causing economic harm to farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers, threatening the water supplies of cities and towns, and harming numerous animalContinue reading
Providing oversight and direction for hands-on issues with small water systems The people of Hawaiian Shores Community Association on the Big Island work hard to make their community vibrant, healthy and sustainable. When the community faced high water pressure problems, the association’s water system staff and Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s (RCAC) Hawaii circuit rider joinedContinue reading
RCAP’s mission is to help small, rural communities operate their drinking water and wastewater systems well – in an efficient, effective, and sustainable way. We provide training and technical assistance to members of small, rural communities who are involved with their water systems. These people include members of the board or governingContinue reading
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 toContinue reading