Tools, Training, and Technical Assistance for Small and Rural Wastewater Systems
EPA and its partners have developed many tools and resources for planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining wastewater infrastructure for small and rural communities.
- Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS)
This EPA-developed software provides a simple, comprehensive approach to asset management for small water and wastewater utilities in an easy-to-use, no-cost package.
- Financing Alternatives Comparison Tool (FACT)
A financial analysis tool developed by EPA to identify the most cost-effective method to fund a wastewater or drinking water management project.
- The Wastewater Information System Tool (TWIST)
This computer-based tool allows state and local health departments to inventory and manage small wastewater treatment systems by tracking information on residences and facilities served, permits, site evaluations, types of systems, inspections, and complaints in their jurisdictions.
- Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies Appropriate for Reuse (WAWTTAR) Exit
This software identifies appropriate water and wastewater treatment options. It estimates local performance and costs associated with each system based on available material and manpower resources.
Training and Technical Assistance
- Asset Management: A Best Practices Guide (PDF)(4 pp, 242 K, About PDF)
Explains asset management and its benefits, provides best practices, and explains how to implement an asset management plan.
- Asset Management for Local Officials
Offers the basics of asset management for community leaders and local officials who play a vital role in implementing a successful asset management program.
- Building an Asset Management Team (PDF)(2 pp, 155 K, About PDF)
Discusses the components of a successful asset management team and how forming and having a team can help systems implement asset management practices.
- Effective Utility Management
Effectively managing all aspects of operations is critical for all utilities, regardless of size or location, to ensure their long-term sustainability and keep the communities they serve strong, safe, and sustainable. EPA and the Rural Utilities Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture developed several training and technical assistance tools targeted to rural and small water and wastewater systems.
- Environmental Finance Centers
Deliver targeted technical assistance to, and partner with, states, tribes, local governments, and the private sector in providing innovative solutions to manage the costs of environmental financing and program management.
- Water and Wastewater Utility Operation and Management for Small Communities
A basic training program of several video modules to help operate and manage small water and wastewater treatment facilities. These modules include:
Additional Assistance for Tribal Communities
- Environmental Protection in Indian Country
Resources on water and other environmental programs, consultation and coordination, grants, and other topics of interest to tribal communities.
- Homeowner's Guide to Septic Systems for Tribal Communities
EPA and the Indian Health Service guide focusing on the unique factors of tribal communities and homeowners on tribal lands in caring tor their systems.
- Tribal Infrastructure Task Force (ITF)
Led by EPA, ITF is a federal partnership of five Departments that aims to improve access to safe drinking water, basic sanitation, and solid waste management in Indian country.