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Coming Soon: will be launching later this spring as a new sister program of and

Through a partnership of the Illinois State Water Survey and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, the new website will provide training and technical assistance to wastewater professionals, onsite system owners, and managers of centralized and onsite/decentralized wastewater systems. We will host thousands of wastewater training documents, a calendar of training events, a regular webinar series, and more.

If you are seeking documents and events right away, you may check to see what is currently listed on the Event Calendar.

This newsletter will be sent out monthly. Please feel free to reply to this email if you have any comments, would like us to find something for you, or have information that will help other onsite/decentralized wastewater operators, installers, inspectors, and owners!

Where else can you go for the information?

National Onsite Wastewater
Recycling Agency (NOWRA)

NOWRA is the largest organization in the U.S. dedicated to representing the decentralized and onsite wastewater industry. NOWRA works to protect water resources and promote the economic, environmental, and public health benefits of septic systems.

Visit NOWRA »

Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)
RCAP helps manage and implement Water and Wastewater Technical Assistance Programs through the USDA, EPA, and HHS. RCAP works in rural communities in the U.S. and its territories and tribal lands, by providing hands-on, community-specific technical assistance and training to small water and wastewater systems serving 10,000 or fewer residents.

Visit RCAP Water and Wastewater »

Read a Q&A with RCAP's Chief Programs Officer about this program at »

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA’s collection of decentralized and onsite systems resources encourages homeowners, wastewater professionals, and government officials to design and maintain effective systems to protect public health, preserve valuable water resources, and sustain economic vitality in their communities.

Visit Septic at EPA »

Featured In-Person Training Opportunities

Inspection of Onsite Wastewater Systems (Class H License)

Feb. 14 or April 17, 2024 | Georgetown, DE | Delaware Technical Community College

This course will teach the necessary protocol for inspecting onsite wastewater treatment systems. The course prepares students for the Delaware Class H license examination and provides the necessary guidelines for performing an effective and regulatory-approved onsite system inspection. The class also covers inspecting alternative onsite systems and completion of state inspection reports.      
                                                                                                      See pg. 48 »

Troubleshooting Onsite Systems

Feb. 29, 2024 | Cape Girardeau, MO | Missouri Smallflows Organization

This course will teach Missouri onsite wastewater operators to systematically identify problems with malfunctioning onsite wastewater treatment systems. The concept of flow charts is used and will help anyone involved in analyzing problems with onsite treatment systems including installers, regulators, and private inspectors.                                                                           
                                                                                                  Register here »

Find More on the Event Calendar

Featured Document

Financing Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This 3-page factsheet highlights the major sections of EPA's "Financing Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems: Pathways to Success with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund" guide, which is for local and state onsite/decentralized wastewater programs and community leaders to learn ways to access CWSRF financing. It is a useful tool to hand out to local stakeholders and leaders to get a general sense of how to finance decentralized wastewater systems through the CWSRF.

Featured Video

Onsite-Decentralized Wastewater System O&M Webinar (1.5 hours)

This RCAP webinar recording, originally recorded in 2020 and available now for free, is a 1.5 hour overview of onsite and decentralized wastewater system operation, maintenance, and management. Watch for an introduction to common system configurations, maintenance issues, and management procedures from technical assistance providers in the field.

Wastewater in the News

Recent Wastewater Blog Posts at

Onsite Wastewater System Basics & Maintenance

Read here »

Careers in Decentralized Wastewater

Read here »

Health & Safety for Onsite Workers

Read here »

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