Program 101

Program Fact Sheet

What does this program do?

This program provides technical assistance to rural water systems that are experiencing day-to-day operational, financial or managerial issues. Rural water system officials may request assistance from the Rural Utilities Service, or Rural Utilities Service staff may request assistance on behalf of the system.

Who are the Circuit Riders?

  • Rural Utilities Service has consultants contracted with the National Rural Water Association who are experienced in managing issues that may arise in the day-to-day operations of rural water systems.
  • A list of current Circuit Riders is available online.

What is an eligible project area?

On what topics can the Circuit Rider assist?

  • Day-to-day operational issues
  • Financial issues
  • Management issues
  • Energy audits

Is there a time limit on the assistance?

Assistance is provided on an as-needed basis.

How do we get started?

Who can answer questions?

How can I become a Circuit Rider?

You may visit www.nrwa.org for more information.

What governs this program?

  • A contract between the Rural Utilities Service and the National Rural Water Association.
  • The Agricultural Act of 2014.

Why does USDA Rural Development do this?

The program helps the Rural Utilities Service better meet statutory and regulatory oversight requirements for loans, loan guarantees and grants to rural water systems in need of short-term technical assistance.