The Water Systems Council (WSC) has launched a comprehensive online guide to financial and planning resources for rural community drinking water infrastructure projects. The new website follows the recent WSC-championed Water Supply Cost Savings Act, which requires that alternative drinking water supplies such as individual, shared and community wells be considered in applications for federal funding for drinking water systems serving 500 or fewer people.
In the US, 41,801 of 52,000 community drinking water systems are small systems and 27,500 serve communities of 500 or fewer. WSC’s new website is designed to support under-served, small rural communities and provide financial and planning resources needed to begin infrastructure renewal.
The website features a Home landing page with background information on rural water policy and statistics, such as new legislature and cost-savings data. A Resources page outlines a curated list of financial and planning information and tools — for both operator and non-operator users — from government agencies, water industry associations, non-profit organizations and other related programs. For examples of successful rural drinking water system infrastructure projects, users can also visit the Case Studies page and explore how small communities resolved a range of issues, ranging from failing pumps to deteriorating water wells to public health threats.