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Newsletter #15 for March 9, 2011

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Are you Reading our Blog?

Each week on our blog (see some recent posts below), the SmallWaterSupply.org staff put together short, helpful posts that teach you something new or direct you to great resource. We want to invite you to comment on posts that you like or find useful. Your feedback helps us know we are on the right track!

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Recently on the our Blog

How to Work with Engineers and Product Vendors - Discover a helpful document designed to make selecting a new service provider less stressful.
Stuff We Love: WaterWord magazine - Find out how a free monthly publication might be worth adding to your news basket.
Use Online Quizzes to Test your Knowledge - Learn about a valuable resource from Minnesota Rural Water to assist with your ongoing education.
How to Map your Water Supply using GPS and Google Earth - Use low-cost and free tools to gain new awareness of water supply assets.

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Do you need financial support?

AWWA is looking for small communities (serving fewer than 3,300 customers) to provide real-world examples of needed or in-progress water infrastructure projects that could benefit from a national water infrastructure bank. The information will be used by AWWA to educate members of Congress on this issue.

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Weekly Reading for March 9, 2011

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

1. How to Create a YouTube Account - We found this tutorial from Growing Green Communities very detailed and helpful for a new YouTube user.
2. It's National Ground Water Awareness Week! - Take NGWA's pledge for ground water stewardship and use the common-sense approaches in your own marketing campaigns for local ground water protection.
3. How we get tap water from sewage - This USA Today article takes a big picture approach at describing reclaimed wastewater to the public.
4. Governments consider controversial deals - This article highlights how public-private partnerships are changing the face of large-scale infrastructure projects. We're curious how this downscales to rural America.
5. Rural residents benefit from sewer funds - A small community in Oklahoma will be able to make much-needed infrastructure improvements thanks to a loan from USDA Rural Development.
6. Are you complying with the 'Red Flags Rule'? - Thanks to AWWA for pointing out that most water systems need to comply with FTC rules concerning identity theft. We're planning to follow up with a blog post on what you need to know.

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