Photo: Gold mill new Elk City, Idaho

Elk City Water and Sewer Association takes steps to sustainable solutions

Elk City, Idaho is similar to many small, rural towns in the American West where residents have mostly relied on themselves, in good times and in bad. There is one elementary school here, a gas station, café and forest service office, but no hospital, no cell phone service and limited Internet connection. Full story >>

RCAC awarded $30 million from USDA Community Facilities Relending Program

RCAC was awarded $30 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture  Community Facilities Relending Program, part of an innovative new public/private partnership, Uplift America, created to provide targeted financial assistance to areas of greatest need. Read more >>


If you have project coordination, administrative, housing counseling or water/wastewater skills, we may have a job for you! Check out our current openings for project coordinator, administrative specialist, rural development specialist – housing counseling and rural development specialists – environmental. Positions are located in West Sacramento and San Marcos, CA and Flagstaff, AZ. Visit our careers page to find out more and apply today! Inquire today >>

RCAP resources library

Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Inc. has a variety of resources that are useful to small, rural drinking water and wastewater systems. There are a collection of videos such as Wastewater Treatment – Introduction, Wastewater Treatment – Collection System and Wastewater Treatment – Effluent Disposal. Check out the latest video Protecting Distribution System Water Quality.

Visit RCAP for videos and other wastewater resources

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Rate Setting

It is widely recognized that in order for a water system to remain in compliance and function effectively proper financial management is key. A crucial component to this financial management is setting effective rates.

November 3 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
New Mexico Environment Department
121 Tijeras Avenue, NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

For details and registration go here.

Financial Management

Do you really need to increase rates? Learn how improving financial management at your water system can help you answer this question.

November 10 | 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Lakehouse Hotel & Resort
1025 La Bonita Drive
San Marcos, California 92078

For details and registration go here.

Community Outreach and Well Assessment Workshop

Join RCAC on November 16 for a one-half day workshop to learn about the Individual Well Program and the well assessment tool, best practices for outreach and educating well owners and stakeholders, and how to create a successful well program.

November 16 | 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sal Solinas Conference Room
3120 Freeboard Drive
West Sacramento, California 95691

For details and registration go here.

Check out our training calendar for details on these and other RCAC trainings.

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