Midwest Assistance Program (MAP) has been helping communities and tribal nations find solutions to their infrastructure and development needs through information, resource management, expertise, and technical assistance since 1979. MAP provides solutions to more than 400 communities and tribal nations each year in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Communities are revitalized through help from MAP which then strengthens the future and vitality of rural America.
How Do We Get Clean, Safe Water?
Despite using and benefitting from drinking water and wastewater systems multiple times every day, most of us don't even think about or know how these systems work. It takes a lot, in terms of natural, human, financial and other resources, as well as physical, chemical and biological processes, to bring clean, safe drinking water to your home or to deal wtih the waste you produce from a toilet or washing machine. RCAP has created animated diagrams with short videos to explain some of what is required in treating water. The videos are meant to make non-operators more comfortable with the vocabulary and terms that a plant's operator uses and to help a utility's decision makers understand what is required to operate a dependable and sustainable water utility.
On-Site Wastewater Systems - Be Prepared for Winter. By: RJ Inskeep
To people living in colder climates and people new to rural living, on-site wastewater treatment systems can be a bit of a mystery. Most of the time the systems are not visible, and as long as the toilet flushes, everything is fine. On-site wastewater systems can freeze, partially and entirely, causing malfunctions. To continue reading, click here.