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Newsletter #68 for March 14, 2012

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Operator Training Programs

Find Operator Training Programs in Your Local Area

We're excited to announce the launch of a new area on SmallWaterSupply.org! Now you can find operator schools and training programs where you live.

We're committed to making this a great resource that always stays up-to-date. The database is designed to provide local schools where students can go to get training necessary to be prepared for their state exams. These programs are generally geared toward high school graduates looking at becoming an operator, so make sure to refer younger folks to the site, and make your local high school counselor's aware too.

We're working hard to find and add more programs. If you know of one we've missed, please let us know!

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Two More Webinars of the Arsenic Workgroup

The USEPA will continue its exploration of compliance and affordability issues pertaining to the arsenic in drinking water regulation with two additional webinars.

March 20, 2010 (11:30am - 5:30pm EDT): Technologies & Barriers
March 22, 2012 (1pm - 5pm EDT): Affordability

You can contact Russ Perkinson at perkinson.russ@epa.gov to request to speak during the public comment session for the upcoming two webinars.

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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 takes us back to a time before digital video, 1974. In this archival footage from the South Tahoe Public Utilities District and CH2M Hill, basic concepts of how and why we treat wastewater as well as its return to the environment are reviewed. This would be a great video to share on your Facebook page as consumers would enjoy watching for the retro-factor and then learn something in the process!

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Wastewater: Reject or Resource

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Weekly Reading for March 14, 2012

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

Water Colors: Scanning The Spectrum To Address Scarcity - Water scarcity is a growing challenge worldwide. Looking across the full spectrum of the colors of water — gray, black, brown, and green - offers solutions.
Climate change made the drought worse - Several scientists at NASA and the state climatologist say the record-setting heat and drought of last summer in Texas was made worse by climate change.
Willows facing $3M in sewer upgrades - Being named "Plant of the Year" three times in a row won't spare this California wastewater treatment plant from having to meet new clean water requirements.
County Moves To Create Cape Cod Regional Wastewater Authority - Creating a regional wastewater system will offer financial sustainability, reduce redundancy and allow government officials to better advocate for local needs.

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars

March 14 - CUPSS Train-the-Trainer Series Session1
from US Environmental Protection Agency
This first of three part training series introduces the CUPSS asset management software for small systems. Though geared for states and TA providers, operators are welcomed to attend.

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.

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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Don't Forget: Volunteers Needed for ABC Studies

ABC is looking for licensed water treatment, distribution, and collection operators to volunteer for an important study that will affect the need to know criteria to obtain a water, distribution, and/or collection licenses at all levels.

By volunteering and being selected as a participant in the study, you will receive a $75 gift card and 0.8 CEUs towards ABC certification, just by being a part of 2 conference calls and taking two tests.

If you are interested, email us at info@smallwatersupply.org and we'll help you get set up with ABC to participate.

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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 or hear us speak on the 20th at the Small Systems Workshop.

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