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Newsletter #30 for June 21, 2011

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Our Intern Can Help You

Do you know of any small communities in Southern Illinois who would be interested in having a FREE intern for several weeks help do an asset inventory/plan, develop/revise an emergency response plan, and complete a long range planning questionnaire? Our intern is a recent grad of the operator school at ERTC and has his class C water and class D wastewater licenses. This is a pilot program and we hope to open it much wider (i.e. outside of IL) next summer.

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CBWR

Free Download: Community-Based Water Resiliency Tool

We heard about this new tool from ASDWA's CapCert Connections blog last week. The innovative self-evaluation approach of this tool helps the user navigate an otherwise overwhelming set of resources. We also liked the broad-based thinking: resiliency can refer to your recovery from anything - from serious natural disasters to unexpected equipment failure. It is a tool that can aid a system in developing important utility management plans through an organized thought process and helpful resources.

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Weekly Reading for June 21, 2011

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

1. Light at the end of tunnel in water crisis - Though this city is of a medium size (~15,000), they are facing real world infrastructure challenges. This article highlights how they are using asset management to cope.
2. Senate Introduces Fix-It-First Bill to Save Crumbling U.S. Roads - This article provides a fantastic infographic that visually explains the benefits of asset management.
3. Electricity: The Silent Killer - This PDF document provides important reminders for utility workers about on-the-job electrical hazards.
4. EPA Awards Over $470,000 To Fort Bend County, Texas, To Construct A Drinking Water Distribution System - Two small communities in West Texas to be served by a brand new water supply, replacing private wells with taste and odor issues.
5. Green Infrastructure for Small, Rural Communities - Sign up for this free webinar highlighting how two small communities have begun implementing low impact development projects.
6. Practical Flood Prep Tips From MRWA - The June 7 edition of MRWA's newsletter provide three helpful tips for flood events specifically for water systems, including using marking flags for meters, valves and hydrants.

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