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Newsletter #14 for March 1, 2011

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What can we show you?

We have some nice footage all ready to produce some great videos that can be used in the recruitment of new operators. But what else would you like us to film?

We travel to many conferences all year and around the state. Are there questions we should be asking or specific trainings we should film?

Reply to this email and let us know how we can help!

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How to Map your Small Water Supply

Yesterday on our blog, we share a new article that introduces a simple way to create a digital map of your water system.

Using a low-cost handheld GPS and free Google Earth software, mapping the extent of your service lines and major assets is not an easier and less costly task.


Weekly Reading for March 1, 2011

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

1. Is $7000/month too much for water? - Meter mis-readings leave customers angry about soaring bills in this CNN.com front page article.
2. Do regulations sufficiently protect water from fracking? - A new New York Times article highlights the potential negative consequences of hydrofracking and suggests that more needs to be done.
3. The analytical side of disinfection - This short white paper from Siemens nicely summarizes how new EPA regulations affect systems with chemical disinfection.
4. One secret to avoiding privatization - This article highlights how small communities are fending off corporate interests to retain control of their utilities and livelihoods.
5. How to manage water quality in storage tanks - You can sign up for this free webinar from NRWA, to be held March 15.
6. Free webinar trainings from EPA - The full calendar of 2011 EPA drinking water program trainings has been announced.
7. Reporting guide for ARRA loans/grants - This new manual from RCAP lays out the reporting process for recipients of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds through USDA Rural Development.


What You Need To Know About Us

We are here to support small community water and wastewater operators. We've found thousands of free online resources and created an easy way to sort through them quickly. We've also created a national events calendar that lists training, exams, conferences, and workshops for every state and national training provider that has that information on the internet. In developing such a comprehensive set of information and tools, we are also serving the 800+ training, primacy, and technical service organizations, by helping operators get to their information.

You can call us (866-522-2681) if you need assistance. We will find the right TA provider or expert to help you in your state. We will print large documents you find on our website and mail them to you for free. We are a free service, grant funded to support small community water and wastewater systems. We aren't buying, selling, or advertising anything.

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