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Newsletter #44 for September 27, 2011

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Small Utilities, Big Challenges

Last week an article appeared in AWWA's Streamlines that very nicely sums up the issues that small systems face. It is an excellent article to share with board members who need to better understand the bigger picture.

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Upcoming Free Webinars

Simultaneous Compliance and Groundwater Treatment
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.

Climate Ready Water Utilities
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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Weekly Reading for September 27, 2011

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

1. Another Cost of Bottled Water: Environmental Injustice and Inequity - This article describes evidence that fear of unsafe tap water imposes additional financial burdens on poor and minority communities.
2. How to build more cooperation in your community - Some food for thought designed to inspire communities to take just one step to foster communication and cooperation.
3. AWWA updates Operator Certification Study Guide - This guide gives water operators and students practice in answering questions that are similar in format and content to the questions that appear on state certification exams.
4. Engineers provide purified water to remote outpost - Ingenuity is the foundation of our country and how we'll be able to tackle challenges facing small systems.
5. How is Climate Change Affecting Your System? - Tips on how to minimize the potential effects that climate change will have on your system as well as an explanation of some basic principles.
6. Tensions between water, power needs explored - Though this up-and-coming issue will affect large systems first, the consequences may be more severe in rural communities.

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