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Newsletter #55 for December 13, 2011

What is On Your Wish List?

This guest post from David Eberle, Director of the Environmental Finance Center at Boise State, on ASDWA's CapCert Connections blog is a must-read!

In it, water system managers are asked to seize the opportunity to evaluate their financial wherewithal and make a plan for 2012. An honest look at the numbers and even the most conservative action plan is a step in the right direction.

Read Financial Manager's Christmas List for 2012

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Recently on our Blog

What is the cost of NOT mailing the CCR? - One opinion on the current legislation that would make mailing CCRs optional for water systems.
Billing Software for Small Water Supplies - Moderately priced billing software does exist but still may be out of the range of many small systems.
Access AWWA News in a New Way - AWWA newsletter discontinued; information to be only available via RSS feed.

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Report Suspicious Activity to WaterISAC

The WaterISAC is asking that you share information about any suspicious activities that may have occurred within the past 6 months. The information will be analyzed to help identify potential trends or patterns in intentional malicious activities within the water sector. You do not have to be a subscriber to share your information.

Timely reporting to WaterISAC enhances the overall security of the water sector and reduces public misinformation. So report all events, no matter how insignificant they may seem. The information you share with WaterISAC is kept confidential and sources are not divulged. Events worth reporting include:

Equipment tampering
Physical intrusions
Suspicious facility surveillance or observation
Unauthorized people attempting gate access
Cyber intrusions
Thefts
Broken locks

So, please, after contacting appropriate law enforcement agencies, report security incidents and suspicious activities to WaterISAC at analyst@waterisac.org or by clicking "Report Incident" online at www.waterisac.org

Thank you to ASDWA for letting us know about this program.

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Weekly Reading for December 13, 2011

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

Minorities Pay More for Water and Sewer - Study indicates that inequality is the result of whites fleeing urban areas and leaving minority residents to bear the costs of maintaining aging water and sewer infrastructure.
How Heavy Rains Affect Your Water - A useful description of how a storms can affect surface sources of drinking water.

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Upcoming Free Webinars

December 16 - Community Water Fluoridation
This webinar explains the importance of community water fluoridation programs and notes the outcome of such programs in Iowa's public water systems. This event is sponsored by the Iowa Public Health Association.

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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