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Newsletter #34 for July 19, 2011

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Where You are Getting News

Thanks to all who answered our first question-by-email 10 days ago. If you missed it, we asked:

Other than SmallWaterSupply.org, where do you get your water & wastewater industry news?

Some of your responses included:

state Rural Water Association emails & newsletters
AWWA Journal/OpFlow and state section newsletters
State agency listservs
Vendors/contractors newsletters & blogs
state Water Environment Association emails & newsletters
RCAP network emails & newsletters
NESC On Tap newsletter
LinkedIn water groups
US EPA

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NTNC Operators: A Unique Perspective with Common Issues

In dealing with entities whose business purpose is something other than serving water, operators of non-transient non-community water systems often face more unique circumstances than those at community water systems but also share many of the same concerns.

Last year, we co-hosted a re-certification workshop for NTNC operators and made sure to pick their brains a little. We asked how they use the web to do their jobs as well as what resources they would like to see. That input has served as one of many sources of guidance as we've built the SmallWaterSupply.org site.

More importantly, we brought home some excellent safety tips from trainer Wayne Nelson for all operators:

Always Ask "Why?"
About Sodium Hypochlorite
Common Sense and Chlorine Gas

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Weekly Reading for July 19, 2011

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

1. Wastewater Discharge to West Okoboji Lake - Three drinking water supplies (minimally) impacted by discharge of untreated wastewater to lake.
2. Whitefish begins sewer project - Montana town set to begin 5 to 6 week project to replace or rehabilitate underground sewer infrastructure.
3. Vilsack announces rural Alaskan water, wastewater projects - 14 rural communities in Alaska will receive infrastructure funding through a recently streamlined process.
4. AWWA/CDC guide covers hospital water supply emergencies - This new guide assists the health care sector with responding to water shortage emergencies.

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