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Don’t Stand Around on Standing Water: The Health Hazard of Water Stagnation

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What do you call water that doesn’t move? This sounds like the start of a joke, but there are a number of different names for it: still water, standing water, and backwater are all common terms. The technical term for a still water source --whether a puddle, a river, a pool, or a drainage ditch-- is “water stagnation”.

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SERCAP's Facilities Development Grant Program Assists Town of Scottsville in Albemarle County, VA!

Recently, SERCAP’s Facilities Development Grant Program pledged to provide assistance to the Town of Scottsville in Albemarle County, VA, to assist the Town with their Flooding Emergency Response facilities. In 2018, during Hurricane Florence, the Town suffered flash-flood damage, evacuated some residents from low-lying areas, and fully deployed their flood control measures.

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SERCAP’s Certified CDFI Loan Fund and Essential & Critical Needs Grant Programs Assist Low-Income Couple in Prince Edward County, VA!

Recently, SERCAP’s Certified CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Loan Fund partnered with the agency’s Essential & Critical Needs Grant Program to assist a low-income, senior couple in Prince Edward County, VA, to drill a new individual household well and install a new well pump. The couple recently began experiencing difficulties with their well, and they were no longer able to drink the water coming from the well. The old well was producing muddy, contaminated water, indicating that it was time to replace the old well and the well pump. However, due to the couple’s low-income status, they were unable to afford the cost of replacing the well and the pump on their own.

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Surface Vs. Groundwater

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There are two types of water from which we gain our water supply: surface water and groundwater. Just looking at their names, it’s hard to tell the difference between the two. So what is the difference between these two sources of water?

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SERCAP's Facilities Development Grant Program Provides Additional Assistance to Tangier Island in Accomack County, VA!

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SERCAP’s Regional Program has been providing long-term assistance to Tangier Island, a part of Accomack County, VA, for several years now. Tangier is a small island of approximately 740 acres, located in the Chesapeake Bay, and is only accessible via ferry or small airplane. The Town of Tangier is comprised of the 83 acres of habitable land on the island, and boasts a population of only 722. Due to the island’s relative isolation, the challenges related to providing the technical and financial capacity needed to successfully operate a public water and wastewater utility are magnified. As stated in previous updates, SERCAP and the Virginia Section American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Water Reach Committee have been working with Tangier Island over the past several years, to resolve some of the challenges, including: ensuring the functionality of the remote radio-read water meters, the completion of redesigned and reconfigured well vaults, repairs to the incinerator, and a punch list of other necessary tasks.

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SERCAP's Essential & Critical Needs Program Assists Low-Income Female in Louisa County, VA!

Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program assisted a low-income, single female in Louisa County, VA, with replacing her Water Heater. She had been living in her home for about 16 years, when the Water Heater, in the crawl-space of her home, stopped functioning properly, leaving her without hot water. However, since she is low-income, she was unable to afford the cost of replacing the Water Heater herself without experiencing financial hardship.

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SERCAP's Housing Department Assists Low-income Female in Montgomery County, Virginia!

Currently, SERCAP’s Housing Department is working with an extremely low-income disabled woman in Montgomery County, in order to remove and rebuild a new deck and steps, to assist her in entering her home safely. The old deck was connected to the main entrance of her home and had become a safety hazard. If the deck were to collapse, anyone standing or sitting on it could have been severely injured. This project was referred to SERCAP by Montgomery County Social Services, and SERCAP received a letter from New River Valley Disability Resource Center requesting assistance for this client.

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Join SERCAP for an Entrepreneurial Mindset Facilitator Certification Training on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 through Thursday, June 20, 2019 in Roanoke, VA!

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SERCAP is hosting a Multi-day Entrepreneurial Mindset Facilitator Certification Training at it's Headquarter's in Roanoke, VA from Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - Thursday, June 20, 2019. SERCAP has partnered with the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (eli) to bring this training and the Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs to the Roanoke Valley! 

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SERCAP to Host Open House for Recently Completed Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation Project in Nelson County, VA!

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On Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 11:00AM to 2:00PM SERCAP's Housing Department will host an Open House for a recently completed Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation (IPR) Project in the Faber community in Nelson County, VA. Attendees of the Open House will have the opportunity to take a tour of the newly constructed home, speak to the homeowner and the impact of the project on their Quality of Life, and learn more about SERCAP's programs, services, and long-term impact on the Community.

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Ways to Conserve Water During the Summer

We’re getting closer and closer to the first day of summer. Temperatures are rising and the weather is drying out. Dry spells during the summer can make well-owners a little nervous, so what are some ways you can start conserving water to prepare?

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SERCAP's Certified CDFI Loan Fund and Essential & Critical Needs Grant Programs Team-up to Assist Low-Income Family in Lancaster County, VA!

Recently, SERCAP’s Certified CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Loan Fund partnered with the agency’s Essential & Critical Needs Grant Program to assist a low-income family of four in Lancaster County, VA, to replace their individual household well. The family has been living in their home for over 23 years, but recently they began experiencing difficulties with their well. The water pressure and supply had decreased so much that they could not even fill-up their bathtub with water. This of course, meant that they did not have enough water each day to fill the need for their four-person household. However, due to their low-income status, the family was unable to afford the cost of replacing the well on their own.

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SERCAP's Regional Program Assists Newton Mobile Home Park in Mecklenburg County, VA!

Currently, SERCAP’s Regional Department is providing Technical Assistance services to the Newton Mobile Home Park in Mecklenburg County, VA. The 98 lot mobile home park is home to approximately 92 minority households, all of whom are low-income. The water for the Park is currently supplied by three (3) community wells, the combined output of which is between 20 and 25 gallons-per-minute (gpm). During peak water usage times, such as mornings when residents are getting ready for work and school, the wells cannot keep up with the demand, and the system’s water pressure drops to as-low-as 5 psi, well under the 20 psi minimum requirement.

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SERCAP's Facilities Development Grant Program Assists Town of Newsoms in Southampton County, Virginia!

Recently, SERCAP awarded a small Facilities Development Grant to the Town of Newsoms in Southampton County, VA, to assist with storm water drainage. In the past, the Town has experienced challenges with storm water drainage, and earlier this year, discovered that a 100 ft. section of a 15” fall ditch culvert pipe had collapsed. The collapsed pipe heightens the Town’s storm water drainage challenges and directly impacts 17 households located along the fall ditch.

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State Series: North Carolina - Regional Program Delivers Solid Waste Training Program in Ashe County, NC!

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In 2018, SERCAP’s Regional Program in North Carolina delivered on-site training to Solid Waste Recycling Center employees in Ashe County, NC. Ashe County is a small county in the northwest corner of NC, and has a population of approximately 27,000 residents. The County has its own Sub-title “D” lined Landfill, and its own manned recycling centers. The County employs 22 part-time workers to run these Solid Waste facilities, though many are of retirement age. The existing landfill facility has approximately five more years of capacity, and the County hopes to expand it on the existing property.

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History of Septic Tanks

Waste can cause and spread disease, as well as ruin land, therefore proper disposal is critical for any civilization. The bigger the population, the more waste, and the greater a need for proper disposal. Thus, wastewater systems have been around since the earliest civilizations.

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SERCAP's Housing Department Assists Senior Citizen in Buckingham County, VA!

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Recently, SERCAP’s Housing Department was able to assist an elderly gentleman in Buckingham County, VA, to replace the heater in his home. The client has lived in his home for 31 years, and recently began experiencing some difficulties with his heater. He reported that his old gas heater was difficult to light and it would not remain on, causing him to periodically lose heat. However, due to being low-income he could not afford to replace the heater on his own, without experiencing financial hardship.

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Symptoms of an Unwell Well

Your well is critical to your home. It provides water for cooking, bathing, drinking, and cleaning. But like all things, sometimes your well can become unwell. Here are a few signs that your well might be feeling a little under the weather:

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Meet Tony Dvorak

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If you’re in need of both technical assistance for your water plant and personal fitness training, we’ve got just the guy! Meet Anthony “Tony” Dvorak!

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Join SERCAP for it's 50th Anniversary Water Is Life! Celebratory Banquet on Thursday, April 25, 2019 with Special Keynote Speaker, Mia Birdsong

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Each year, SERCAP hosts the annual Water is Life! Event to recognize the year’s accomplishments in the fields of water, wastewater, housing, and community development, and to raise public awareness of water issues and major challenges facing rural America. While every year is an important occasion, 2019's Water Is Life! marks a significant milestone in SERCAP's history. This year, SERCAP is celebrating 50 Years of bringing reliable access to clean, safe drinking water; environmentally sound wastewater facilities; affordable housing that is warm, safe, and dry; and sustainable community development solutions to small, rural communities and low-to-moderate income individuals throughout the Roanoke Valley, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the southeastern United States. 

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SERCAP's Essential & Critical Needs Grant and Loan Fund Programs Team-up to Assist Family in Warren County, VA!

Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Grant Program partnered with the agency’s certified CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Loan Fund to assist a low-income family of six (two adults and four children) in Warren County, VA, to replace their individual household well. The family had been living in their home for just over seven (7) years, and recently they began experiencing difficulties with their well. For example, they began noticing that the water supply was decreasing to the point where they could not even fill-up their bathtub with water. This of course, meant that they did not have enough water each day for their family of six (6). However, due to their low-income status, the family was unable to afford the cost of replacing the well on their own.

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18 June 2019
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There are two types of water from which we gain our water supply: surface water and groundwater. Just looking at their names, it’s hard to tell the difference between the two. So what is the difference between these two sources of water?Let’s start w...
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SERCAP’s Regional Program has been providing long-term assistance to Tangier Island, a part of Accomack County, VA, for several years now. Tangier is a small island of approximately 740 acres, located in the Chesapeake Bay, and is only accessible via...