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For operators, administrators, board members, elected/appointed officials and utility staff.


Schedule of Events


How to Get Your Project Funded

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 


1:00 pm to 2:30 pm 

What does it take to successfully fund a small water or sewer system project in Ohio? We'll explore the types of projects that may be a better fit for some funding programs than others, the timing of important project milestones to be competitive, and steps to take early in the planning process to ensure a successful project. Participants will learn how to use RCAP's Funding Scenarios Spreadsheet to help plan for funding and evaluate project affordability

Registration is free. Sponsored by USDA Rural Development.

Approved for 1.5 'x' Drinking Water and Wastewater Contact Hours.



USDA Funding Opportunities for Infrastructure and Community Facilities

Wednesday, February  8, 2023


9:00 am to 11:45 am

USDA Rural Development and RCAP are partnering to offer a virtual workshop about USDA's Water and Environment Programs (WEP) and the Community Facilities program.  These programs offer funding opportunities for water and sewer infrastructure, storm sewers, local government facilities, fire/police stations, libraries, non-profit facilities, vehicles and equipment, and other types of capital projects. Participants will learn about eligibility and available funding, the application process, free assistance and resources available through USDA RD and RCAP, and other types of complementary grants and subsidized loan funding.


Registration is free. Funding is provided by USDA Rural Development.

This course is offering NO contact hours.


Water Audits - Validating Your Findings - Part Three of Three

Thursday, February 9, 2023


12:00 pm to 2:15 pm

RCAP staff will introduce the impacts of water loss on a water utility system.  As a community, you have gathered data and completed an AWWA M36 Water Audit, now it's time to validate your findings. Water Audits - Validating Your Findings will walk participants through the process.

Registration is free.. Training is sponsored by USEPA.

This course is offering 2.0 “O&M” contact hours for water systems.



 Basic Math for Operators

Thursday, February 16, 2023 


9:00 am to 11:15 am

Basic Math for Operators is an introduction to the math necessary for Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, Distribution, and Collection operators to successfully operate their systems. This course will include an analysis of the necessary data to perform basic calculations needed to determine the volume of pipes, tanks, and other vessels used to hold water. Basic math will also examine the relationship between pressure and elevation along with an introduction to pumping and horsepower calculations. This webinar will feature lectures, plenty of time for questions, and hands-on activities where problems will be solved in a step-by-step method on a virtual whiteboard.  

Registration is free. Training is being sponsored by the OEPA.

This course offers 2 O&M hours for Drinking Water and Wastewater.



 Basics of Budgeting for Water Utilities 

Thursday, February 23, 2023 


10:00 am to 11:00 am

 This training will explain to administrators, council members, board members and operators the basics of establishing a rate of charge that incorporates a "full cost recovery" for their applicable water utility.  The course explains how to research, forecast, and construct a water rate of charge that not only covers standard O&M but includes all applicable set-aside escrows needed to maintain the utility well into the future.  This course is a basic rate analysis course that touches briefly on the Asset Management concept of water utility maintenance. Upon completion of this course, the attendee will understand the basics of analyzing an existing rate structure and forecasting forward to ensure that all applicable costs are covered in the revenue stream.

Registration is free. Training is being sponsored by the OEPA.

This course offers 1(X) hour for Drinking Water and Wastewater.

Advanced Math for Operators

Thursday, March 2, 2023


9:00 am to 11:15 am

Advanced Math for Operators picks up where Basic Math for Operators leaves off with an in-depth discussion of horsepower and electrical calculations. This advanced course will also dissect the chemical dosage formula step-by-step and show operators the data necessary to solve complex problems related to treatment, distribution, and collection systems. Discussions about specific processes will also include problems related to ion exchange, weir overflow rates, settling rates, CT, and lime softening. This webinar will feature lectures, plenty of time for questions, and hands-on activities where problems will be solved in a step-by-step method on a virtual whiteboard.

Registration is free. Training is being sponsored by the OEPA.

This course offers 2 O&M hours for Drinking Water and Wastewater.

Basics of Rate Setting

Tuesday, March 8, 2023


9:30 am to 11:00 am


In this 90-minute webinar, we'll offer an introduction and overview of rate-setting methodologies, and how they are best applied to different systems based on local needs. We’ll explain how to rate setting is both an art and a science to ensure fixed and variable expenses are covered along with reserve funds while trying to set up a rate structure that will be fair to different classes of customers.

Registration is free. Training is being sponsored by the OEPA.

This course offers 1.5 (X)  hours for Drinking Water and Wastewater.


201 Financial Management for Governing Boards Part 1 & Part 2


Part One - Tuesday, March 7, 2023, from 9:15 am to 12:00 pm


Part Two - Tuesday, March 14, 2023, from 9:15 am to 12:00 pm

Financial Management for Governing Boards - 201 is an introduction to financial management best practices for water and sewer utilities about planning, budgeting, accounting, customer outreach, and the importance of good reporting and record keeping.  Guidance on building a mission and system goals to steer policy and financial decision-making will be highlighted.  Participants will also learn about the importance of maintaining good financial records.  Lastly, this course will address how asset management planning informs budgeting, which in turn provides the revenue target for rate setting.

Registration is free. Training is being sponsored by the OEPA.

This course offers 2.5 O&M hours for Drinking Water and Wastewater.


Water audits part 4

Water Audits - After the Audit is Complete

(Part 4)

Thursday, March 9, 2023, from 10:00 am to 11:45 am

Water Audits - After the Audit is Complete" is the final session of a 4-part series taking the participant through the AWWA M36 Audit process from the beginning of data gathering through finding real losses in the distribution system. This course will cover the different types and methods of leak detection including selecting the right equipment for a particular application. A discussion regarding selecting and preparing for a contractor to perform leak detection activities will also be included in this training to give participants the information needed to make informed decisions regarding handling their community's real water loss

Registration is free.

Training is being sponsored by the US EPA.

This course offers 1.5 O&M hours for Drinking Water and Wastewater.

  Collection System Maintenance

Parts One & Two

Wednesday, March 29, 2023


Thursday, March 30, 2023


9:30 am to 11:45 am EST

This course will identify three specific objectives; understand the need for wastewater collection system maintenance, understand the components of a successful Capacity Management, Operation, and Maintenance Program (CMOM), and understand the need for collection system inspection & performance monitoring. 

 Registration is free. This training is sponsored by USEPA Treatment works.

This course offers 2 O&M  hours for Wastewater.


Bring Your Board Together

Thursday, April 6, 2023


 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm 

Does your board work from a shared set of values, a common vision, and a stated mission for your utility? Bring your board together for this special evening event! We’ll discuss approaches and best practices to develop a utility’s values, vision, mission statements, and level of service goals to meet the community's needs and achieve customer satisfaction. Learn techniques to engage fellow decision-makers to set your utility up for success for many years to come.

 Registration is free. Sponsored by HHS.

This course offers no contact hours.

Art & Science of Setting Bulk Water and Sewer Rates

Tuesday, April 11, 2023


10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

When properly negotiated and documented bulk purchase and sewage treatment agreements can be a mutually beneficial means of acquiring treatment capacity.  Unfortunately, the benefits of bulk service agreements are often derailed by a lack of understanding, mistrust, and greed.  In this course Ohio RCAP will highlight factors that should be considered in negotiating bulk service agreements, including recommendations in the AWWA M1 manual and USDA/RUS regulations.

 Registration is free. Training is being sponsored by the OWDA.

This course offers 1.5 (X)  hours for Drinking Water and Wastewater



Instructions and Disclaimers

Instructor-led webinars enable busy local officials and staff the training opportunities they need to fit their schedules. Registration is required, and for many classes, space is limited.  If an event fills and a waitlist is started, when practical we will try to add another class.  RCAP will give local officials and operational staff priority if we are not able to accommodate everyone.

Once registered please note; if the training is more than 45 days out you will not receive a follow-up email. Once within the 45-day window, you will receive the follow-up emails.

To receive credit for contact hours and certificates of completion, you MUST be clicked on and have the webinar page or screen as your only active screen for at least 90% of the webinar. If you click off of this to open and view other webpages or desktop applications, the Webex, GoTo Meeting, or other hosting applications we use can detect and record this in our attendance reports.  We submit these reports to Ohio EPA. We recommend you close all other windows and web pages to avoid accidentally clicking on them.

So that your attendance and participation can be accurately calculated, for most online events you will not be able to join more than a few minutes early.  All presentations will begin promptly at the start time.  Please be sure WebEx is the only open program/application on your computer.  Please close all other windows to ensure proper credit for contact hours, if applicable. 

For the best experience, please join us on a stand-alone computer.  If you use a phone or a tablet, you should download the WebEx app to your device, and it is required for apple devices.  To download the desktop app, go to:

RCAP offers multiple training opportunities that include online webinars, in-person classroom training, and hands-on field days. If you would like to receive our monthly email invitation, send your contact information (including an email address) to