Water and Waste
RCAC provides assistance to small municipal and nonprofit water systems, wastewater systems and solid waste management programs in 15 western states. We build local community capacity through training and technical assistance and our established network to access resources. Our services are directed to low-income communities, nonprofit organizations and small water and waste systems that need help to achieve compliance with state and federal regulations. In most cases, our assistance is offered at no charge – covered by state and federal contracts.
As a member of Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)– a well-established environmental network for rural communities – RCAC focuses on three areas to help maintain safe, reliable drinking water, wastewater and solid waste systems:
- Technical - the staffing, operations and basic infrastructure of water and waste systems
- Managerial – management of the water and waste systems that includes: nonprofit board members, city and town councils, staff that assist utility boards
- Financial – the financial management of the water and waste utility, financial records, procedures, managing critical assets
RCAC assists rural communities to build, improve, manage, operate, or finance drinking water, wastewater or solid waste systems. RCAC helped rural communities access millions of dollars in grants and loans and trained thousands of individuals through customized on-site technical assistance and workshops.
We serve Native groups, primarily through our tribal circuit rider program in California and Arizona, and also through programs in New Mexico and Utah. RCAC Native American services in water and waste have been a major focus of RCAC's activities since its inception.
The Five Core Services
RCAC has five core services to help small communities plan, finance, construct, manage and operate safe and sanitary drinking water systems.
- Capacity Building
- Technical Assistance
- Access to Resources
Grizzly Lake Resort Improvement District increases financial stability with RCAC assistance
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