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Newsletter #70 for March 27, 2012

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WEF Launches Water's Worth It Campaign

The Water Environment Federation has launched a new campaign to raise awareness about the value and importance of water, water-related issues, and the water profession.

The goals of the campaign are to:

Demystify water and wastewater treatment by showing the direct connections between what water sector professionals do and what the public values — create jobs, protect health, protect the environment, and provide clean water.
Expand and deepen the awareness of the value of water.
Explain that water is a precious and limited resource that needs to be recycled and reused.
Elevate the profile of water sector professionals by building respect and appreciation for the services they provide.
Create a foundation of public awareness to support needed infrastructure investments.
Support cutting-edge practices to deliver, recover, and reuse water resources.

For water systems, the campaign will:

Provide you with communication tools you will need to succeed,
Help you to build alliances at the state, regional, and community level, and
Help you coordinate a flexible outreach and education effort that is easily tailored to what’s happening in your area.

Visit the new site at http://www.waters-worth-it.org/.

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Video of the Week

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

This week's featured video is highlights how two small systems in Texas have dealt with the state's record-breaking drought.

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Two Texas Towns Struggle for Water

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Weekly Reading for March 27, 2012

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

Stopping Over - Migratory birds find safe haven at wastewater treatment facility.
Loan funds help Iowa wastewater projects - Wastewater management will improve in a pair of southwest Iowa towns before summer’s over.
Water regulations could mean costs for wastewater, drainage - Colorado water commission has given preliminary approval to regulations that would limit the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus in bodies of water statewide.
Study: Young people not so 'green' after all - A new study has found that today's young Americans are less interested in conserving resources - and often less civic-minded overall - than their elders.
8 common website mistakes to avoid - Find out several key pieces of information that a good utility website should include.
A guide to telling your story in pictures - Learn how to use images effectively to communicate what you do and the value of water operations.

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Upcoming Free Webinars

March 28 - USEPA: Energy Management / Taller de Administración de Energía
This webinar will help utilities reduce operating costs while protecting the environment. It will be presented in English with Spanish interpretation.

April 3 - RCAC: Board Basics - Budgets
This webinar will show board members, managers and operators how to develop a budget, identify revenues and expenses, methods that can be used to balance the budget, and how to review a budget comparison report on a regular basis.

April 4 - RCAC: Disinfection By-Products Rule
This webinar will provide a basic regulatory overview of the DBPR, and the information and resources that will enable an informed decision regarding the best disinfection practices for your public water system.

Want to find additional training opportunities for operators, including events in your area? Search the SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar for more online and in-person events.

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Older Worker Program Seeking Individual to Assist EPA Region 8

The National Older Worker Career Center (NOWCC) has a cooperative agreement with the EPA to find workers, 55 years or older, to work with the EPA as a participant with the Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE program). They currently have an open position for an individual who can work from home to assist the EPA Region 8 Water Division for Wyoming and Tribal Lands. Benefits offered with the position are: health/dental ins., sick/vacation leave, federal holidays & more.

View the position description and download the application

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Did you celebrate World Water Day?

Check out these beautiful pictures from around the world!

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World Water Day 2012 / Eranga Jayawardena / Associated Press

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