Guidebooks


  • USDA Rural Utilities Service Borrower's Guide

    A How-to for Water and Wastewater Loans from USDA Rural Development

    This guide is for leaders and officials of a community that is an RUS water or waste-disposal borrower. You are required to follow specific management practices and reporting guidelines with the funds you have borrowed for your small community’s utility. This booklet is a practical toolkit and guide to RUS financing and staying on track with both deadlines for management reports and, most critically, learning which forms to use and how to use them. (RCAP publication 2011.)

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  • The Non-operator's Guide to Drinking Water Systems

    Most of us take our drinking water for granted. We turn on the tap, and, with very few exceptions, we have clean, safe water. While clean water is available nearly everywhere and is simple to get through a faucet in a home, what goes on behind the scenes to provide it is very complex and requires the input of many parts and people. Water is such an ordinary and everyday part of our lives, yet it requires so much to get it to us—strict health regulations, a knowledge of chemical, biological and technical processes, budgeting to run a business, and miles of infrastructure to make it convenient to get, to name just a few things. (RCAP publication 2011.)

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  • Cadiz Water Treatment Facility - Energy Audit, Level II

    Representatives from the Ohio Rural Communities Assistance Program (Ohio RCAP) conducted a Level II Energy Audit for the Cadiz, Ohio Water Treatment Facility on November 9, 2010. The purpose of the facility Energy Audit is to gain an understanding of the facility processes and of the major end uses, with an ultimate objective of identifying potential energy conservation opportunities. Utility Superintendent Thomas Carter and Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association Project Manager Cindi Kerschbaumer were also present during the site visit.

    This Level II Energy Audit, herein referred to as the Audit, is a continuance of technical assistance provided through the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative by Ohio RCAP. (Published 2011.)

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  • The Non-operator's Guide to Wastewater Systems

    Most of us take our wastewater (sewer) systems for granted. We flush the toilet or wash the dishes or our clothes, and, with very few exceptions, the dirty water leaves our home. While most of the time our wastewater is out of sight and out of mind, what goes on behind the scenes to carry out this important function is very complex and requires the input of many parts and people. We all generate gallons of wastewater every day and often don’t think about how it is dealt with, yet it often requires so much to provide this service to us—strict health regulations, a knowledge of chemical, biological and technical processes, budgeting to run a business, and miles of infrastructure to make it convenient, to name just a few things. (RCAP publication 2011.)

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  • Salineville Wastewater Treatment Facility - Energy Audit, Level II

    Representatives from the Ohio Rural Communities Assistance Program (Ohio RCAP) conducted a Level II Energy Audit for the Village of Salineville, Ohio Wastewater Treatment Facility on November 18, 2009. The purpose of the facility Energy Audit is to gain an understanding of the Facility processes and of the major end uses, with an ultimate objective of identifying potential energy conservation opportunities. Local representatives were also present during the site visit.

    This Level II Energy Audit, herein referred to as the Audit, is a continuance of technical assistance provided through the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) by Ohio RCAP. (Published 2010.)

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  • Sustainable Infrastructure for Small System Public Services: A Planning and Resource Guide

    Rather than presenting theories, this guidebook provides informational material, worksheets, examples, case studies and resources on water conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy for small utilities.

    This  guide includes a step-by-step process for utility decision-makers, staff and community members wanting to operate increasingly efficient utility systems. It offers a flexible approach to evaluating sustainable alternatives for utility operations. (Published 2009.)

    Sustainable Infrastructure Guide Supplement

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  • Green Building Guide

    Design Techniques, Construction Practices & Materials for Affordable Housing

    Green building is a time-tested, practical and intuitive approach to creating environmentally sound buildings. Green building combines age-old wisdom; tradition and collaborative design processes; and modern building science, technology and materials application.

    Green building structures are energy efficient, conserve resources, create healthier indoor environments and offer durable and beautiful spaces that use environmentally suitable materials. Green building incorporates integrated design concepts, solar orientation, appropriate footprint sizing, glazing awareness, material durability, economic life-cycle analysis, material reuse and salvage, natural material content, locally available materials and economic sustainability. (Published 2009.)

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  • Emergency Response Planning Guide for Public Drinking Water Systems

    Safe and reliable drinking water is vital to every community. Preparing an emergency response plan (ERP) is an essential part of managing a drinking water system. Rural Community Assistance Corporation has developed this guidance and instruction manual for public water systems serving 3,300 population or less to help them develop such plans. (Published 2005.)

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  • Emergency Response Planning Guide Template for Public Wastewater Systems

    Preparing an emergency response plan is an essential part of managing a wastewater system. Small wastewater systems can use this template to help them develop such plans. (Published 2005.)

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  • Resource Guide for Affordable Housing on the Islands of Hawaii

    Located more than 2,000 miles from the nearest continent, Hawaii is the most remote island chain in the world. The distance creates a kind of splendid isolation, with these Polynesian islands removed from all but one another. Hawaii consists of eight major islands and 124 minor islands with reefs and shoals strung across the Pacific for over 1,500 miles. The eight major islands, providing more than 99% of the total land area, are Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe (uninhabited) and Niihau (privately owned).

    With Hawaii’s offerings of a diverse culture, subtropical weather, vibrant ecosystems and the “aloha spirit” of the people, the Hawaiian archipelago has long been considered among the world’s most desirable places to live. But for many of today’s residents, living in paradise has become a daily struggle. The extreme disparity between low-wage positions and high-cost housing, coupled with decades of inadequate affordable housing development has resulted in the lowest rate of home ownership in the nation, a severe need for low-income rental housing and the fastest growing homeless population in the county. (Published 2007.)

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