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Newsletter #63 for February 9, 2012

EPA Wants Your Feedback on Consumer Confidence Reports

Each year, drinking water supplies are required to deliver an annual water quality report to customers. The requirements have been the same for over a decade.

The times have changed and the US EPA wants to know how you feel about the reporting requirements. In a live listening session and a web dialogue, the agency will hear your feedback. This is your chance to have your voice heard. We hear so often what a burden the CCR is for some system operators, if so, then sign up and share your own experiences. If you need any help signing up, email or call us, we can walk you through it.

Topics include:
* Alternative delivery
* Delivery certificate resource burdens
* Use of CCRs to meet Tier 3 public notice requirements
* How contaminant levels are reported

You will have two opportunities to participate:
Public Webinar: February 23, 2012 - 2 to 4pm EST | Register
Web Dialogue: February 23 to March 9, 2012 | Register

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Video of the Week

In each week's newsletter, starting in 2012, we will highlight an excellent video worth watching. That video will also be featured on our home page during the week. Visit our archive for past features.

This week's featured video, developed by the team here at SmallWaterSupply.org, features interviews with operators, operators-in-training and our own interns who have shadowed operators to give you an overview of what its like to be an operator and why it is a valued profession worth exploring.

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Water & Wastewater Operations: A Career Worth Considering

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Weekly Reading for February 9, 2012

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

Less Volume, Less Cost - Wastewater treatment plant uses new technology to reduce cost of biosolids removal.
Moving Wastewater Is All Downhill To Teton Pass - Downloadable case study (written by a vendor) explains how sewer system was designed for small Wyoming community.
Devising a Communications Strategy for Utilities - Public support can make or break infrastructure projects and impacts how the local media will portray problems.
Michigan company trying to change way we drain water - Innovative technology may help mitigate storm drainage issues and promote groundwater recharge.
Iowa outlook dry - Last year's drought may be coming to a head in parts of the midwest as groundwater levels fail to recover.
America's Trillion Dollar Leaky-Pipe Bill - AWWA estimates that we'll need $1 trillion to fix the water and sewer infrastructure problems over the next 25 years.

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars

February 14 - Benefits of Hiring An American Veteran
from National Rural Water Association
This webinar will discuss the cost savings and other benefits of hiring American Veterans and how to you can go about taking advantage of those benefits.

February 15 - Computerized Maintenance Management Systems
from Water Environment Federation
This webinar includes how to work smarter on a tighter budget, using CMMS to do the right maintenance on the right equipment and focuses on lessons learned from those who have been there.

February 15 - Internships & Training Programs for Operators
from US Environmental Protection Agency
In this webinar you will learn how states, utilities, and schools are partnering together to train the next generation of operators.

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