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Decentralized Wastewater Technical Assistance and Training Program

The NRWA Decentralized Wastewater Technical Assistance and Training Program provides expertise and service that would otherwise be unaffordable to small, rural, and disadvantaged communities, particularly those in traditionally underserved and economically challenged areas. 

1. Identify and evaluate solutions to community water and wastewater problems, emphasizing communities and systems.

2. Assist with improving wastewater system management, operation, maintenance, and sustainability.

3. Increase the number of communities with improved environmental and public health outcomes.

4. Increase the number of communities with knowledge of and access to water and waste disposal loans and grants.

5. Promote rural residents’ equitable access to Rural Development programs and benefit from RD-funded projects.

6. Distribute materials to a broader audience and increase the value of existing programs, resources, and partnerships.

States with the Program

Alabama

Arizona

California

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Minnesota

Missouri

Montana

North Dakota

Puerto Rico

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

The DcWW Water Quality Action Specialists provide a holistic technical assistance approach to disadvantaged rural communities with failing or inadequate wastewater treatment, including helping communities formulate Wastewater Community Assessment Reports and Strategic Wastewater Action Plans by facilitating community involvement and steering committee consensus for project implementation.