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Newsletter #60 for January 17, 2012

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Sign Up for WaterAlert Messages

A new service from the United States Geological Survey, called WaterAlert, will send you an email or text message if a certain parameter at a station near you exceeds a level that you define.

This could be very helpful for water systems, in storm/flood events as well as on a routine basis. Some of the basic parameters include Gage height (stage), Lake/reservoir level, Water Level (elevation), Turbidity and Total precipitation. Learn more about WaterAlert.

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Is water reuse on your horizon?

A new report from the National Academy of Sciences says that reuse "could significantly increase the nation’s total available water resources" for both potable and non-potable use. It is suggested that additional federal oversight of wastewater recycling will be needed to help change public perceptions. What do you think? Share with us on our Facebook page.

Read a USA Today article on the report
Read the NAS report summary

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Video of the Week

In each week's newsletter, starting in 2012, we will highlight an excellent video worth watching. That video will also be featured on our home page during the week.

This week's featured video from the Groundwater Foundation showcases Nebraska's Wellhead Protection Program. This voluntary program was developed to prevent groundwater contamination from entering public water supply wells. The video discusses the purpose of the program, an overview of the six steps in the protection process, and funding options.

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Nebraska's Wellhead Protection Program

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Weekly Reading for January 17, 2012

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

WEF webinars are now free - Find out what wastewater training events WEF has coming up, which are now available at no charge for the live event.
Android app for operators - Missouri Rural Water Association has released an app for making disinfection calculations in the Android marketplace.
The case for inspecting fire hydrants - This helpful white paper explains why you should regularly inspect hydrants and provides helpful tips on how to do it and what to look for.

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars

January 26 - Using Water Audits to Understand Water Loss
from US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
This two-hour webinar will introduce water loss control and focus on water audits and the tools and methods to conduct water audits.

January 31 - Metering 101
from National Rural Water Association (NRWA)
This webinar will cover why metering is important, the most common types of water meters, when and how often you should test your meters, and proper meter installation.

February 15 - Computerized Maintenance Management System
from Water Environment Federation (WEF)
This webinar will discuss the uses and implementation of CMMS and how to work smarter on a tighter budget.

Visit SmallWaterSupply.org for more free webinar listings! Never participated in a webinar? Need some help getting registered? Give us a call or send us an email, and we will help walk you through the process.

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