In this issue:

Celebrating Homeownership Month: RCAC partners with the Community Services Development Corporation (CSDC) to help families attain homeownership in San Benito County

Hollister is a city with a majority-Latino population of approximately 40,000 in San Benito County, California. Agribusiness and food processing has historically been central to the local economy. The city belongs to the greater Monterey Bay Area and is serviced by California highways in all directions. Hollister has grown rapidly in the past decade and transformed into a bedroom community for residents who work in the Bay Area or remotely, a trend intensified by the onset of COVID-19.
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Trouble in Apple Country: How RCAC Helped a Family Overcome Nitrate-Laden Well Water

If you’ve traveled through the Cascade Mountain foothills northeast of Seattle, there’s a good chance that you passed through Leavenworth, a city in Chelan County known for its lush alpine landscape and a Bavarian theme that draws in travelers from both near and far. Imagine an Oktoberfest celebrated year-round, where steamed brats, hand-baked pretzels, and malty pilsners flow like the Columbia River – and don’t forget the apple cider vinegar-brined sauerkraut and fresh strudel! Read more

Household Water Well & Septic System Loan/Grant Programs

RCAC provides low interest rate loans and grants to assist individual households in the refurbishing, replacement or construction of a household water well or septic system. If you are interested, please download our program flyer and submit a loan application. RCAC is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). About RCAC’s Household Water Well & Septic System Loan/Grant Program

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Training highlights

For questions about event registration, please email RCAC Events at or call (916) 447-9832 ext. 1429.

Free water trainings

Revised Total Coliform Rule
July 20, 2022 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM (Pacific Time) | Bakersfield, California

Sampling for total coliforms and E. coli is one of the primary tools used by public water systems to ensure that the drinking water they provide is safe. The federal Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) became effective April 2016 and the California RTCR became effective July 2021. The RTCRs affect how operators and mangers respond to total coliform positives (TC+) and requires steps to analyze the system’s integrity as a result of positive samples. Investigation and corrective actions are at the forefront of the RTCR and knowing how to complete a level 1 assessment can be the difference between compliance and violation. This workshop will focus on reviewing triggers for level 1 and level 2 assessments, who is expected to perform them, and how to conduct an assessment through examples and small group exercises. Register Here

Maintaining Distribution Water Quality Using: System Maps, Values and Flushing
July 21, 2022 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM (Pacific Time) | Bakersfield, California

To be effective in their job of providing safe drinking water to their customers, certified water system operators need to possess a wide range of knowledge on many different subjects. This in person workshop will test the participant’s understanding of a range of drinking water topics. The instructors will provide a detailed explanation of many of these topics. Register Here

Housing Counseling training opportunities

Here are our new training opportunities for June through August. They are designed for housing counselors who are working with first time homebuyers, foreclosure, credit/budgeting and student loan issues. We also offer study classes for those trying to pass the HUD Certification Exam. Please feel free to join us or refer others who are doing this type of work.

June 23: Taking the Mystery Out of the 9902

July 12: Beginning Counselor / Consejero Principiante (en Español)

Network News, published monthly, is a compilation of timely news, announcements and accomplishments produced for the rural development world at no cost to subscribers. We encourage correspondence and welcome contributions. Subscribe here

Chief Executive Officer: Suzanne Anarde
Executive Editor: Dawn Van Dyke,
Managing Editor: Blivion Xanouvong,

Network News is funded by: RCAC’s Loan Fund and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

RCAC is the western RCAP partner.