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Newsletter #58 for January 3, 2012

Start Planning for Drinking Water Week

Have you celebrated Drinking Water Week in your community before? This annual springtime celebration (May 6-12 in 2012) is a wonderful way to educate and inform community residents of all ages about the value of drinking water.

AWWA already has posted a huge repository of references and resources for planning your community activity. This is a great opportunity to build new partnerships with others in your town.

If you are going to host an event you can join up on AWWA's Drinking Water Week Facebook event.


Video of the Week

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

Liquid Assets Minnesota: This PBS documentary explores concerns about Minnesota's aging water infrastructure. Many drinking water systems, sanitary sewers and storm sewers throughout the state are rapidly approaching the end of their useful life, so communities of all sizes are trying to come up with ways to replace these vital utilities that are routinely taken for granted.

Treatment Plant Operator (TPO) magazine makes an excellent point about the video: "This program is worthwhile viewing even for members of “the choir,” as it shows how to make a compelling case in any state for infrastructure renewal."


Weekly Reading for January 3, 2012

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

Tiny towns target sewage utility - Communities say sewer systems have been mis-managed; utility district denies any wrongdoing. The district is run by 10 county supervisors.
Ask if you want to receive - This advice can apply to many activities that require support of community members or decision makers. Ask for what you need and want.
Considerations for estimating readings - While estimating meter readings in alternating months may save time, it may have more consequences than you would expect.


CUPSS Software

Update your CUPSS

USEPA has released version 1.3.7 of its CUPSS asset management software for small systems. This is not a required update but several new features have been added:

Option to upload multiple assets from a spreadsheet template
Upgrade to the CUPSS installation process for Windows 7 and Vista users
Ability to use the custom My CUPSS Plan as a submittal for Clean Water Needs Survey (CWNS) documentation


Watch our Tribal Resources area of SmallWaterSupply.org

In the coming weeks, we'll be improving our Tribal Resources content area of SmallWaterSupply.org to integrate a regular listing of training opportunities for tribes from our Event Calendar. Please bookmark this link as we'll be adding content to the page directly and not solely to our RSS feed (which we are reserving for articles that are not time dependent). Relevant events for tribes, such as the Money & More: Multi-Agency Sustainable Infrastructure Forum, as well as funding opportunities will be listed.


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