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Newsletter #41 for September 7, 2011

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Help a Fellow Operator with an Iron Problem

A reader recently experienced a sudden increase in raw water iron concentration, from 0.3 mg/L to 1.65 mg/L. He suspects this change is due to aquifer stress from year-round usage of this single well source, with even heavier demand than usual during this summer's drought. As iron has never been a problem before, this operator doesn't have any testing equipment for iron in house and wants to know what SmallWaterSupply.org readers recommend that would be cheap and effective for him to use for testing. Send us an email if you have experience with iron testing in house and have a recommendation.

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Don't Forget

October 1, 2011 is the deadline for all Community Water Systems to submit their 2010 Annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) proof of distribution to their primacy agency.

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Weekly Reading for September 7, 2011

Each week we'll provide a collection of our favorite links we know you'll love too!

1. Irene’s aftermath: The scramble to restore service - Scores of Northeastern water utilities rallied to stabilize systems and water pressure, notify customers to boil water, set up water distribution systems and restore safe drinking water.
2. Testing Water Along the Path of Irene - Beyond flooding and destruction, Hurricane Irene is likely to have caused less visible environmental damage by dumping sewage, pesticides and other contaminants into waterways along the East Coast.
3. Pennsylvania American Water: 'Like Us' And Support A Good Cause - Pennsylvania American Water will donate one dollar to the Help to Others (H2O) Program™ for every new fan or follower on Facebook and Twitter.
4. Arsenic, Uranium And Other Trace Elements, A Potential Concern In Private Drinking Wells - A new USGS study shows that 20% (of their 5000 studied wells) contained trace elements that may be harmful to human health in certain concentrations.
5. Water, wastewater treatment job training program prepares candidates for entering utility sector - New Orleans job-training non-profit Limitless Vistas (LVI) is introducing at-risk youth to job opportunities in the water and wastewater utility sector through its unique summer internship program.

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What We Lose When the Funding Runs Out

We recently received this note from the Colorado Rural Water Association:

Decisions about funding at the state and federal level are beyond the control of these training partners and CRWA. As a result, our free Mobile Training Unit program and our free weekly classes, which were federally funded, may come to an end.

CRWA will continue to provide training with your needs and interests in mind at a reasonable cost to you if the state and federal funding ends. Times are changing and we should not rely on grants from federal and state tax money.

Technical assistance providers around the country are all dealing with the same issue. If you are a small system operator who is usually able to find free training to maintain your CEU's, expect to see the "free" go away. What we have seen, though, by working with trainers all over the country, is that training costs are almost always a great value regardless. Bottom line is that you should prepare for possibly spending more on CEU training classes for at least the next year (hopefully, that's all).

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