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Newsletter #74 for April 24, 2012

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Make the Internet Work for You

You are invited to a special event! Please mark your calendar for a webinar on Tuesday, May 15 at 2pm EDT. Think you have seen SmallWaterSupply.org? You probably haven't seen it like this!

In this webinar, SmallWaterSupply.org project manager Steve Wilson will show you how to use the website to help you get the most out of Internet resources. This will not be a simple tour of the site, but instead will share specific examples of how to use SmallWaterSupply.org to make your job a little easier.

Registration: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/418231278

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The Best Way to Calibrate a pH Meter

In last week's newsletter, we featured a few links to basic information on care and calibration of pH meters. We received a great piece of follow-up advice from Kathy Rodgers at Illinois Rural Water. She says:

"I liked your mention of calibrating pH meters. I’ve been asked a few times to demonstrate how to calibrate a pH meter. The first thing I asked them is: Where is your user manual? I follow those instructions above all. The user manual of your pH meter will tell you the best calibration methods for that particular model and describe the best preventative maintenance of that particular model."

Thanks Kathy for this great tip!

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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 describes how nitrogen is removed via an activated sludge process in a wastewater treatment plant.

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Nitrogen Removal in Wastewater Treatment

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Weekly Reading for April 24, 2012

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

Develop a Disinfection Strategy - Learn a simple approach for evaluating and re-tooling your drinking water treatment disinfection scheme for greater efficiency and effectiveness.
USDA Rural Development Celebrates Earth Day with Announcement - Funding for water and wastwater infrastructure projects was announced last week.
Fifty Three Point Six - As our workforce gets older, the industry is facing questions about how to connect with the next generation.
Status of the Nation's Infrastructure - As seen on MAP's blog recently, this infographic from ASCE, who recently released a report about the gap between infrastructure needs and funding, is a persuasive tool to explain the crisis.
Rural Water Systems Probed - Small systems in Colorado work to protect sources through comprehensive assessment and planning.
5 Myths about Water - This opinion article shares some specific answers to common questions and perceptions from the public about water.

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Job Opening: Program Manager at Wichita State EFC

The Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs at Wichita State University is seeking a
qualified individual to serve as Program Manager for the Environmental Finance Center. This
individual will assist the EFC Director in all aspects of the Center, including program
administration, development and implementation.

For qualifications and how to apply, please download the PDF announcement.

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars

May 1 - RCAC: Board Basics - Financial Management
This webinar is designed to improve your knowledge of the basic financial statements to be reviewed at each board meeting; the purpose of these statements and their interrelation to your budget; and how to use financial statements to assure the continued financial viability of your water system.

May 2 - Florida Section AWWA: Mycobacteria
This webinar is part of a series of lunchtime learning events on "water bugs". 

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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About SmallWaterSupply.org

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