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Newsletter #67 for March 6, 2012


The Big Guide for Small Systems

New Free Guide for Board Members

The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) has released a new guidebook to assist members of the board of directors or governing body of small, rural drinking water and wastewater systems.

The Big Guide for Small Systems: A Resource for Board Members is a comprehensive guide to the oversight role a board member has in governing a small utility. The main part of the guidebook is divided into four sections: water and wastewater treatment basics; regulatory requirements; how boards should conduct their own affairs; and finances. These sections provide detailed descriptions of a board’s responsibilities and duties in these areas.

The guide is part how-to and part desk reference. It is ideal for presenting to new board members as an orientation and background to all aspects of their new roles. Experienced board members will find it useful as a reference for meeting their responsibilities to the community and customers. It is written in an easy-to-understand style.

Download the new guide and find other useful documents at www.rcap.org/commpubs.

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Next Week is National Groundwater Awareness Week

If your community's water source is groundwater, next week is your opportunity to join the nationwide initiative to educate the public. To get ideas for your community, visit the National Ground Water Association event pages. Use the menu on the bottom left to find more information, like sample press releases and radio spots.

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Volunteers Needed for Passing Score Studies

ABC is looking for licensed water treatment, distribution, and collection operators to volunteer for an important study that will affect the need to know criteria to obtain a water, distribution, and/or collection licenses at all levels.

By volunteering and being selected as a participant in the study, you will receive a $75 gift card and 0.8 CEUs towards ABC certification, just by being a part of 2 conference calls and taking two tests.

If you are interested, email us at info@smallwatersupply.org and we'll help you get set up with ABC to participate.


Video of the Week

In each week's newsletter, we'll highlight an excellent video worth watching. That video is also be featured on our home page during the week. Visit our archive for past features.

This week's featured video Only Tap Water Delivers, developed by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), promotes the value of tap water. This short video is perfect for sharing with board members, community groups and your customers.


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Weekly Reading for March 6, 2012

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

Water bills expected to double - The media attention to AWWA's new report provides a good opportunity to educate customers on the value of their water.
WEF now offers webcasts at no cost - A reminder that WEF is one of a growing number of organizations providing free web-based training to water professionals.
Mayor's challenge for water conservation - Systems serving 5,000 or more people can sign up to participate in this challenge. (SWSO thinks there should be a category for small systems too!)

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars

March 14 - CUPSS Train-the-Trainer Series Session1
from US Environmental Protection Agency
This first of three part training series introduces the CUPSS asset management software for small systems. Though geared for states and TA providers, operators are welcomed to attend.

March 22 - Trihalomethane Removal Systems Using Aeration within the Storage Tank
from National Rural Water Association
This webinar will discuss the results of the case study in Ballinger, TX along with other recent trials of this new technology to remove THM’s within storage tanks.

Want to find additional training opportunities for operators, including events in your area? Search the SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar for more online and in-person events.

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WaterCon 2012

Illinois Friends: We'll be at WaterCon

Are you attending the Midwest's largest water and wastewater conference? Come find us at the SmallWaterSupply.org booth or hear us speak on the 20th at the Small Systems Workshop.


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