RCAP/AWWA Workshop


Small System Operator Training: Achieve and Maintain Compliance with the SDWA (Systems <10,000)

June 2 – Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Road, Brewer, ME – 8:00a.m. – 3:30p.m.

Workshop Description:
Your utility faces daily-to-day challenges providing reliable, safe drinking water for your customers while avoiding costly violations. The American Water Works Association (AWWA), in conjunction with the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), and the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) is offering a FREE 1-day workshop to help your utility learn about compliance with drinking water regulations and steps to avoid costly violations. This workshop is made possible by funding through the U.S. EPA and AWWA’s partner, RCAP.

Continuing Education Credits – AWWA will offer TCHs for workshop attendance (pending state approval at time of mailing).

Individual registration is required through NEWWA. Click here to download registration form

Course Presenters:

Arthur Astarita is a water resource specialist and the Maine State Lead for RCAP Solutions. He is a professional geologist and joined RCAP in March 1998 after 22 years as an international petroleum explorationist. He has helped complete numerous water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects throughout New England.

Mark Johnson is a technical assistance provider and state lead in Vermont with RCAP Solutions. He has more than 15 years’ experience in water treatment and distribution. He has a bachelor’s in civil and environmental engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, and has worked in the municipal and private sector as a certified water treatment and distribution operator. He has been certified in water treatment, distribution, backflow testing, and cross connection control program administration in several states.

Rebecca Reynolds is a community development specialist with RCAP Solutions. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the water and wastewater field, including water and wastewater operations, laboratory processes, operator training, and asset management. She is a certified Class IV Water Treatment Operator, Class III Distribution System Operator, and Wastewater Treatment Operator V in Maine; a Certified Environmental Specialist, and a Certified Check Up for Small Systems (CUPSS) trainer.

Audience: Operators, managers, or governing body of a small system.

Click here to register or for more information

(Please note, to register, you must download, print and complete the form in the above link, then fax/email/mail to NEWWA)


Maine Field Office Grand Opening




We’re Celebrating the Grand Opening of Our New Maine Field Office!

Thursday, May 12, 2016 ~ 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting & Presentations at 2:00 p.m.

RCAP Solutions, Inc.

477 Congress Street, 5th Floor, Portland, Maine 04101

Refreshments will be served

Please R.S.V.P. to
Maegen McCaffrey, Chief Communications Officer
978.630.6714, mmccaffrey@rcapsolutions.org

Click here for directions.


About RCAP Solutions:Maine Logo

Our Mission: To foster personal and public self-reliance and improve the quality of life for individuals, families and the communities in which they live.

Established in 1969, RCAP Solutions is a comprehensive 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, helping individuals, families and communities with a wide range of beneficial services providing our most basic needs including safe, affordable housing and clean drinking water. 

Our Community Resources Division promotes public, environmental and economic health by providing consulting, planning, financing, regulatory and compliance oversight, management and operational support for a wide range of community development and infrastructure projects.

RCAP Solutions is the Northeast affiliate of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), a national network of regional nonprofit organizations that provide comprehensive, on-site technical assistance and training to help small, rural communities address their drinking water, wastewater, and other community development needs.  We provide services in all six New England states, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

RCAP Re-Opening RAFT Intake

family-house-hands-Great News!


RCAP has received an additional award for the RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) Program. This is great news for the citizens in need of assistance in Worcester County!!

We will reopen our doors for RAFT intake in our Worcester Office effective this Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. until the funds are committed.

We will resume our regular intake schedule until further notice:

Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Thursday: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

For more information, please contact:
Bill Minkle, MS, Executive Vice President, RCAP Solutions, Inc.
12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: 978-630-6709, bminkle@rcapsolutions.org

What’s in your Well Water?

Ever wonder how clean your well water really is?well-water

RCAP Solutions is seeking homeowners interested in learning more about the quality of their water and the condition of their well. Unlike public drinking water systems, private wells do not have experts regularly checking the water’s source and its quality before it is sent to the tap. Households that use private wells must take special precautions to ensure the safety of their drinking water.

For more info on this free program, please see our link: http://www.rcapsolutions.org/private-wells/

RCAP Solutions Temporarily Suspending RAFT Applications

Please be advised that RCAP Solutions, Inc. is temporarily suspending intake and orientation for RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) applicants until further notice.  We will most likely not resume taking applications prior to the start of the next fiscal year (July 1st) unless additional funds become available.  At this juncture we have expended/committed all FY’16 funds available.

In the meantime all RAFT applicants are being referred to the Central Mass. Housing Alliance (CMHA), located at 6 Institute Road, Worcester, MA.  Phone: 508-791-7265 or 508-752-5519. www.cmhaonline.org.

For more information, please contact:
Bill Minkle, MS, Executive Vice President, RCAP Solutions, Inc.
12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: 978-630-6709, Cell: 978-660-5294
Fax 508-792-5427, eFax: 698-630-6698

RCAP to Host CHAPA’s Regional Meeting


Please join us for CHAPA’s Spring 2016 Regional Meeting in Worcester, MA

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Hosted by: RCAP Solutions

12 East Worcester Street, 2nd floor, Worcester, MA 01604

Each year, the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association travels across Massachusetts to meet with housing professionals, advocates, community members, elected officials, and other stakeholders that want to expand access to safe, quality, and affordable housing. Please join us as we share updates on affordable housing and to help us develop agendas for our public policy, research, and programming for the year.

The agenda will include:

• Meet Brenda Clement, CHAPA’s Executive Director, and Rachel Heller, CHAPA’s Director of Public Policy
• Hear a recap of the highlights of CHAPA’s 2015-16 initiatives and key changes in housing policy
• Share your ideas about state policies that can help your community’s affordable housing efforts
• Help CHAPA set our future public policy priorities

Registration required, please click here to register online

For more information contact Eric Shupin at eshupin@chapa.org or 617-742-0820.

Sponsored by: Bank of America

12 Mass Rental Vouchers Available

online_applicationDHCD has allocated 12 Massachusetts Rental Vouchers for chronically homeless individuals in Worcester County.

Applications may be obtained at:
Central MA Housing Alliance, Inc. (CMHA)
6 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609
Attn: James Cruickshank

You may download the application by clicking here

Applications are also available by mail by calling: 508-791-7265, ext. 134

Application Deadline: April 29, 2016 5:00 PM

COMPLETED applications must meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP).

Lottery Date (If required): May 2, 2016

Informational flyer available by clicking here 

This is Our Home: Tackling Rural Solid Waste Issues in Puerto Rico

IMG_0493As the snow storm winds down here in Central MA, we thought it appropriate to share a video made recently about the clean-up efforts RCAP is spearheading in Puerto Rico. This video shows the tremendous support shown by the community, resulting in over 400 volunteers coming together in the poor, rural barrio of Manzanillo, to clean a beach destroyed by illegal dumping. Our second annual clean-up will take place in just a few weeks in Guayabal, a similar area just a few miles away.


Click here for more detailed information about the cleanup including before and after photos:  http://www.rcapsolutions.org/rcap-solutions-changes-lives-and-perceptions-in-a-rural-puerto-rican-community/