Small SystemsProtecting public health and improving water quality are the major goals of the Clean Water Act. Small communities, Indian Tribes and colonias often have difficulty in achieving these goals.
Many communities and tribes could avoid costly construction projects through improved management skills, adequate financing, appropriate technology, and better wastewater treatment system operation and maintenance. The following information serves as a guide in educating and informing small community officials and others.
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- 2009 Outreach Research Guide (pdf) - Inside this guide you will find descriptions of more than 80 federal agencies and national organizations and programs that have interests in drinking water issues.
- A Guide to Asset Management for Small Water Systems (pdf) - This 30-page booklet provides a brief overview of asset management for small water and wastewater systems lists recommended resources for implementing such a program. To order ask for product #TRBLMG06.
- Protecting Your Communities Assets: A Guide for Small Wastewater Systems (pdf) - Designed for utility managers, operators, and local officials, this guide aims to improve security and plan for emergency situations affecting wastewater treatment systems that serve less than 10,000 people. To order ask for product # TRBKMG03. Download: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
- Self-Assessment Tool for Small Community Decision Makers (pdf) - Designed to be use by decision makers in small communities, is structured to identify areas where improvements can be made in the management of environmental services. This material may be reproduced with permission from the NESC.
- Regulations Affecting Small Systems (pdf) - This is a list of rules and policies which describes applicable regulations; the size of communities affected; specific rules for different size communities; and current, upcoming, and future Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act regulatory dates.
- Protecting Public Health
- Groundwater Protection
- Onsite Wastewater System Resources
- Securing Small Wastewater Systems
- Small Community Links
- Sustainable Infrastructure
- Water Conservation
- Water and Wastewater Education
- The Rural Development Rural Utilities Service serves as an extension of RUS's commitment to providing technical assistance to America's small and rural drinking water treatment plants.