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Newsletter #45 for October 4, 2011

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Prepping the Pipeline

The October issue of WEF Highlights shares two case studies in this article of innovative water and wastewater training programs that are helping to educate the next generation of operators.

"Thanks to a less-than-stellar economy, fears about the great “brain drain” within the wastewater treatment industry are not quite as strong as they were 10 years ago. Faced with a more precarious financial future, many wastewater treatment operators who are eligible for retirement have decided to put off leaving the field a bit longer. But eventually they will retire, and a few states and educational institutions have established training programs to help usher in the next generation of operators and fill these job vacancies."

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Weekly Reading for October 4, 2011

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

1. Water contamination causing fears among rural California residents - Many rural communities in California are finding it difficult to secure funding to improve water quality, which geologists say is contaminated with nitrates.
2. EPA Launches New Mapping Tool to Improve Public Access to Enforcement Information - This new tool will allow the public to access federal and state enforcement information in an interactive format and to compare enforcement action information by state.
3. Green For All unveils comprehensive look at impact of upgrading water infrastructure - A new report outlines the economic impacts of fully investing in upgrading our nation’s water infrastructure and argues that this is the best possible time to do so.

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Upcoming Free Webinars

Simultaneous Compliance and Groundwater Treatment hosted by USEPA
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT | Register
Simultaneous drinking water compliance is essential considering individual source water quality and treatment system impacts. Resultant changes in water stability issues can occur that may adversely impact water distribution systems and household plumbing materials (e.g. lead and copper exceedances and associated corrosion control impacts, taste and odor, disinfectant byproducts and nitrification).This presentation will focus on individual inorganic and organic water quality challenges (e.g. pH, alkalinity, DIC, TOC, raw water ammonia, methane hydrogen sulfide, etc.) implementing groundwater treatment systems and associated case studies.

Partnering Over Time hosted by USEPA
Wednesday, October 26, 2011;1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT | Register
Water system to water system partnerships that include operator mentoring, sharing equipment, third-party billing, contract management,and even ownership transfer are real solutions to address everything from shrinking utility resources, to regulatory compliance issues to operator know-how. Come hear from the utilities, the state regulator, a funding agency, and the facilitator as each explains his/her role in the evolving partnership between the two water systems. Learn how the partnership led to reliable service and safe drinking water for the communities.

Climate Ready Water Utilities hosted by NRWA
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST | Register
This webinar will provide an overview of EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities initiative. The mission of this initiative is to promote a clear understanding of climate science and adaptation options to support drinking water and wastewater utilities. The webinar will include an overview of the National Drinking Water Advisories CRWU report, the Adaptive Response Framework, the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT), the CRWU Toolbox, and the CRWU Adaptation Strategies Guide. The tools provide information to help utilities begin to understand their risks to climate change and how they may begin to address them as part of their utilities planning efforts.

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