In this issue:

Case study: Desertaire Water Company

Desertaire Water Company is a small community water system in Sierra County, New Mexico, located in a 16-acre subdivision near Elephant Butte on the Rio Grande, about 60 miles from Las Cruces. There are 30 households in the community and most residents are retired or live on fixed incomes. Read more

Training highlights

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

Small System Operations

November 9, 2022 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM Pacific Time | Tonopah, Nevada

In this class we will cover what it takes to create, maintain and operate small water systems. We will discuss operating systems on a budget and setting small water systems up for long term success. There are resources available for small systems that often go unused, and this class will help these systems tap into those resources…. Read more and register here

No Bad Bugs: Protecting Your System from Microbial Contaminants

November 15, 2022 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM Pacific Time | El Centro, California

Your water system can easily and effectively spread waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and E. coli. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention documents more than 22 waterborne disease outbreaks annually in U.S. public water supplies. These outbreaks cause over 10,000 cases of illness. Protecting your water system from these microbial contaminants is a fundamental goal of every water system…. Read more and register here

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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