RCAP Solutions invites consumers to ‘Protect the Source’ during Drinking Water Week

RCAP Solutions today kicked off this year’s Drinking Water Week with an invitation to “Protect the Source” throughout Massachusetts and the northeast.

RCAP Solutions, the American Water Works Association and the water community across North America will celebrate Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role drinking water plays in daily lives. Focus will be placed on ways in which water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and protecting it at its source.

“When we get to know our local drinking water sources, we come to understand that it is our duty as consumers and community stewards to protect and preserve them,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “Drinking Water Week provides a great opportunity to learn the various ways in which we can each protect our source water so it’s available for future generations.”

To commemorate the week, water utilities, water organizations, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and other stakeholders will celebrate the importance of drinking water through presentations, events and festivals to provide information on how consumers can understand and appreciate their water.

“We are proud to be promoting Drinking Water Week at the Massachusetts State House,” stated Karen A. Koller, President & CEO of RCAP Solutions. “Rural America is right here in our backyard, represented by many communities we serve in Massachusetts and throughout the Northeast. We are pleased to be able to fulfill our mission and meet the essential needs of small towns and rural communities by providing valuable technical assistance and other important resources so that municipal water systems can provide safe, clean drinking water to their residents.”

For more than 40 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. Additional information about Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download and celebration ideas, is available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.

About RCAP Solutions, Inc.

Established in 1969, RCAP Solutions mission is to foster personal and public self-reliance and improve the quality of life for individuals, families and the communities in which they live. RCAP Solutions is a comprehensive nonprofit community development corporation that works with communities of all sizes to address a broad range of needs. RCAP Solutions is part of a coordinated nationwide network with an integrated, multi-faceted approach to delivering high-quality services customized to each community’s unique requirements. For more information, please visit www.rcapsolutions.org.

About The American Water Works Association

Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life



RCAP/AWWA Workshop

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

October 6 –Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave., Concord, NH
8:00a.m. – 3:30p.m.

Workshop Description:

Your utility faces day-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 – Approved by the NH DES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau. AWWA is the entity providing the TCHs for this event. Individual registration is required through NEWWA.

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

What topics will be covered at the workshop?

7:30-8:00a.m. –                         Registration

8:00-8:15a.m. –                         SDWA Workshop Introduction and Pre-Test

8:15-10:15a.m. –                        Regulatory Overview

10:15-10:30a.m. –                     Break

10:30-11:15a.m. –                      Distribution Water Quality

11:15a.m.-12:00p.m. –              Coliform Sample Collection

12:00-1:00p.m. –                       Lunch

1:00-1:45p.m. –                         Main Breaks & Cross Connections

1:45-3:00p.m. –                         Troubleshooting, Disinfection, & Restoration of Service

3:00-3:15p.m. –                         Post-Test

3:15-3:30p.m. –                         Wrap up and Adjourn

**NOTE: As this is a free, grant-funded workshop, food cannot be provided. Please come prepared.**

Course Presenters:
Emil Coviello is a water compliance specialist with RCAP Solutions, Inc., for the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, where he is also a certified operator. Emil has 40 years of combined experience in the installation and repair of water, sewer, and drainage systems; operating water treatment plants and distribution systems; and overseeing and performing backflow and cross connection prevention activities. He holds a B.S. in Engineering Technologies from Central CT State University in New Britain, CT.

Daniel Crosby is laboratory director for EAI Analytical Labs. He attained and has maintained the laboratory’s NELAC accreditation for microbiologic and inorganic analyses, and developed and implements the quality assurance and control plan while overseeing the financial, customer service, and marketing aspects of the business.  He currently splits his time working with EAI and acting as a radiological decontamination advisor and chemist with Environmental Alternatives, Inc.  He holds B.S. degrees in chemistry and geology from Keene State College, a Grade 1 treatment and distribution license in NH, and a Class 3 treatment and distribution license in VT.

Wade Pelham is a member of the Engineering & Survey Section at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ Drinking Water & Groundwater Bureau.  He holds a B.S. in Environmental & Resource Economics from the University of New Hampshire, is a certified Grade 2 Treatment and Distribution operator in NH, and a NEWWA-certified backflow prevention device inspector/tester.

Amy Rousseau provides engineering and survey technical assistance with the NHDES DWGB.  She started with the bureau in 2014 to provide outreach and assistance to seasonal systems as the Revised Total Coliform Rule came into effect and continues this work with the addition of design review, treatment approval, and the occasional survey.  Amy’s background is in environmental engineering with a Master’s degree from Clarkson University.  Prior to the DWGB, Amy worked in private consulting, primarily in site remediation of various types, including extensive Superfund work.

Click here to down load program flyer and fill out registration form.