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Newsletter #69 for March 20, 2012

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Roughly 150 kilometers (100 miles) north of L.A., the Los Angeles Aqueduct dips into Jawbone Canyon in this photo taken in 2001. Photo courtesy of Jet Lowe for the Historic American Engineering Record project.

America's Water Infrastructure Crisis: Explained

A new article from Circle of Blue explains how we got here and why we can't figure out where to go next. In America’s Water Infrastructure Shows Its Age — The National Debate About How to Pay for Repairs, Brett Walton highlights the many competing issues of fixing our nation's leaky pipes.

But while the effects of America’s aging and eroding plumbing and water supply system are readily apparent, what to do about it is not. Read more.

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Idaho DEQ's PWS Switchboard Organizes Info for Systems

One of the reasons SmallWaterSupply.org exists is to help operators access information relevant to their state. Idaho DEQ shares our passion for keeping the web simple and easy. Their Public Water System Switchboard provides the most commonly accessed resources in one user-friendly area.

They are also returning the favor by linking directly to SmallWaterSupply.org where it says "Training Calendar". We would love to work together with other primacy agencies to make it even easier for operators to get the information they need!

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Public Water System Switchboard

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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 one of four new video case studies on arsenic and radionuclides treatment from the Montana Water Center. These case studies showcase various approaches small communities have used to comply with drinking water regulations.

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Arsenic Treatment in Gardiner, MT

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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!

Blog for YOUR Customers - ASDWA shares one example of a state program blogging with their audience in mind.
Wake-Up Call - This post in celebration of Fix-A-Leak Week provides an easy three step process you can share with your customers.
Town Reaps Benefits of Controls Upgrade (vendor case study) - A rural Connecticut community experienced enhanced reliability and energy savings with pump station controls upgrade.
4 Resources for Mastering the New Facebook Timeline - Find some of the best info for upgrading your organization's Facebook page.
Congressman Urges Creation Of Finance Tool To Reduce Water Infrastructure Costs - Proposed mechanism would help communities access funding and bridge $1T infrastructure gap.

We found these statistics from the above article so compelling we thought it worth stating them here:

"The U.S. Department of Commerce has estimated that every dollar spent on water infrastructure generates $2.62 in the private economy. For every job added to the water workforce, about 3.68 jobs are added nationally."

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars

March 22 - Trihalomethane Removal Systems Using Aeration within the Storage Tank
from National Rural Water Association
This webinar will discuss the results of the case study in Ballinger, TX along with other recent trials of this new technology to remove THM’s within storage tanks.

April 3 - RCAC: Board Basics - Budgets
from Rural Community Assistance Corporation
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.

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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WaterCon 2012

Illinois Friends: We'll be at WaterCon

Are you attending the Midwest's largest water and wastewater conference? Come find us at the SmallWaterSupply.org booth (#9, first floor lobby) or hear us speak at 4:15pm on Tuesday at the Small Systems Workshop.

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