Technical Assistance and Training Grants for Rural Waste Systems 2013 Grants


Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (AK)


The project will provide technical assistance and training to the water/sewer operators of the Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative member communities.  The Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative (ARUC) will help member communities operate and maintain their water and sewer systems.  ARUC will develop capacity in the villages, based on economies of scale, to operate and maintain water/sewer systems in a sustainable manner.  The project will service those communities at 45% or greater residents with incomes below poverty level.

Central Arkansas Planning and Development District (AR)


This project will provide research to determine safety of drinking water and assist in the preparation of water loan and/or grant applications.

Coral Bay Community Council (VI)


Coral Bay Community Council will conduct potable water and wastewater capacity analyses to identify and evaluate solutions to potable water delivery.  This project will provide their services to rural communities were well over half of the children in the local public school are low income and poverty conditions.  The entire school is qualified for the free school lunch and breakfast programs.

Hancock County Planning Commission (ME)


Hancock County Planning Commission will assist small, rural towns in protecting individual wells from contamination and assuring that they provide an adequate and safe drinking water supply by training code enforcement officers, planning boards, and local plumbing inspectors and providing outreach to homeowners. The drinking water component of the project would focus on training and educational events that address problems with current wells and identify protective measures to avoid contamination of new wells.  Both supply and water quality issues pertaining to sustainability will be addressed.

Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (AZ)


Inter Tribal Council of Arizona will provide on-site compliance technical assistance to help Tribal public water systems return to and maintain regulatory compliance.  Specialized on-site assistance will be made available to help Tribal water utilities work towards sustainable operations and maintenance.  The project will also include a workshop on Effective Utility Management Tool. 

Native American Water Association (NV)


Native American Water Association will provide advanced drinking water and wastewater technical assistance and training to Tribal Utilities and to provide a proven training opportunity that will help develop sustainable qualified water and wastewater operators and utility program managers. 

National Rural Water Association (OK)


National Rural Water Association will provide training and on-site technical assistance to waste water systems in the contiguous 48 states, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii.  The training will provided help to reduce exposure to waste related health and safety hazards and enhance the sustainability of wastewater systems in rural and small communities. The services provided will focus on rural communities where at least 45% of children are living in poverty. This project also will provide two Colonias technicians in Texas and one in New Mexico, Arizona and California to facilitate community action on water and wastewater needs on a full-time basis.

OCT Water Quality Academy (CA)


OCT Water Quality Academy will provide a mobile rural training program that will serve very small water/wastewater system operators in California, Oregon, and Washington to help system operators improve the operation and maintenance of their existing facilities, identify and evaluate solutions for the operation of both water and wastewater systems, maintain or upgrade their licensing, and stay in compliance with changes in the state water quality laws.

Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (WA)


This project will provide technical training to public works maintenance personnel, building officials to reduce the impact on wastewater systems from fats, oils and grease.

Passamaquoddy Tribal Council at Pleasant Point Reservation (ME)


This project will use a bedrock well on Tribal trust property with known production parameters to supply consumable water to the Passamaquoddy Tribe at the Pleasant Point Reservation. 

Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Inc.  (DC)


The proposed project will go for one year to operate the Technitrain Program.  Under the Technitrain project, RCAP will provide training and on-site technical assistance to 800 systems and present 100 training sessions to at least 1200 system personnel.  RCAP will work with RD borrowers that are financially unsustainable to help them achieve sustainability.  RCAP will focus its projects on communities that have a high participation rate in the Reduced Lunch School Program. 

South Central Washington RC&D Council (WA)


This project will provide hands-on assistance to several waste water treatment plants in rural and low income communities in the Yakima Basin to implement enhanced biological nutrient removal modifications to their systems.  This project is part of an on-going proactive effort to assist communities in addressing water quality in the Yakima Basin in a sustainable and holistic way.  This project is about defining reasonable methods of reaching water quality goals for the river, which are voluntary, economical, and environmentally sustainable.

Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (AK)


Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will identify and evaluate solutions to water and wastewater treatment problems in nine Southeast Alaska communities, assist them in preparing applications for drinking water and waste grants, and improve operations and maintenance of their existing water and waste treatment facilities.

Syracuse University (NY)


Syracuse University will increase the ability of rural leaders and their communities to develop and implement sound sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure projects, better manage physical assets, create sustainable land-use plans, and achieve fiscal stability.  Through this project SU will promote components of sustainable municipal management.

Tanana Chiefs Conference (AK)


This project will provide five classroom trainings to approximately 60-75 water operators, utility managers and/or council members to low income rural interior villages.  The on-site training provides assistance with implementing knowledge learned in the classroom that is essential to achieve sustainability. 

University Enterprise Corporation at California State University


The project will identify and evaluate problems and propose solutions to the area’s drinking water issues. 

West Virginia University Research Corp. (WV)

$ 645,025        

West Virginia University will continue the National Drinking Water Clearinghouse program.  The program provides quality information for regulatory compliance; information for sustainable water services; and information for improving small system security and emergency response plans.

Yukon River Intertribal Watershed Council (AK)


This project will identify and assess untreated non-municipal drinking water sources in rural Alaskan location.  The project will also provide training and education on safe practices for collection, treatment and storage of drinking water from monitored and unmonitored water supplies.

Zender Environmental Health and Research (AK)


The project will provide technical assistance and training to all rural and remote non-hub communities by:  1) assisting villages with identifying and evaluation their unique and dynamic set of health risks and solutions; 2) assisting villages in preparing USDA water and waste grant applications; and 3) assisting villages in improving their waste facilities and practices.