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Newsletter #12 for February 17, 2011

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What do you love?

One of the best parts of blogging for you on SmallWaterSupply.org is sharing some of the best links, resources, people and other entities with you on Fridays. Stuff We Love brings you a few short and sweet reasons to check out one of our favorite things. Make sure you watch for it on your next visit to SmallWaterSupply.org!

Stuff we recently loved includes:
* CA Wastewater training blog
* RCAP's Safe Drinking Water Trust
* Facebook Pages

Note: This newsletter was late in reaching you. We're sorry.

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Got gas?

You might be interested to know about some conversations taking place in Washington, DC that could potentially affect how you manage the disinfection process for your water system.

While a Department of Homeland Security official feels that existing water system exemptions from many chemical security requirements is a huge national risk, a local DC utility manager conveyed that disinfection decisions are best made locally.

He noted:

“Each disinfection technology has unique benefits, limitations, and costs. Individual water
system operators must weigh these trade-offs and choose disinfection methods based on local water
quality conditions, climate, physical limitation of plant location, cost, compliance with the Clean Water
Act and the needs and resources of the communities they serve. Based on this wide variety of factors,
use of alternative chemicals may not be possible for all wastewater utilities.”

We'll let you know if any proposed actions come from this House subcommittee hearing and what they might mean for you.

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Weekly Reading for February 17, 2011

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

1. Huge Cuts Proposed for EPA's Budget - The President's proposed FY2012 budget (which is almost always higher than what is enacted) reflects a 13% cut to EPA's budget, including a big dent to the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Funds. While these pools of money did receive a good boost from stimulus funding, setting a precedent for big reductions doesn't help small communities work towards financing infrastructure for a sustainable future. These cuts will also likely impact funding for technical assistance providers. The Continuing Resolution for the remainder of this year doesn't look too hot either.
2. Project Development: A Short Course for Water Systems - While this course may not be geographically feasible for many, we want to point out that regional affiliates of great national organizations (like RCAP) are putting on workshops that can help your water system.
3. State of dam infrastructure in Colorado - A reality check concerning the outdated and near-failure network of dams across Colorado, simply a snapshot of a much larger national problem.
4. Tapping Contest video - If you've never witnessed a tapping contest live at a local conference, this video showcasing Arlington Heights, IL water operators will show you what it's about. We were very impressed!

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