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Newsletter #78 for May 22, 2012

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Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

In an editorial for USEPA's Greenversations blog, Nushat Thomas recalls a recent experience participating in a preparedness exercise with a hospital:

"I was concerned to hear that many groups were planning to continue patient care, meal service and instrument sterilization; and none of their plans included a backup water supply. After some time, I asked if they knew who their water utility provider was and if there was a backup water supply to support their plans – the answer was a resounding no."

This anecdote raises an important issue about emergency response planning - it is not something you can do alone. When a natural disaster hits, the entire community will need to come together to respond. Water and wastewater services are one key component - but also one that some may overlook. As an operator or utility manager, you are in a position to inform local decision-makers and impact the planning process.

Learn more about Community-Based Water Resiliency.

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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 discusses the potential benefits of recycled wastewater and explores the barriers to public acceptance.

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Taking the Waste Out of Wastewater

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Weekly Reading for May 22, 2012

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

5 Things You Can Do to Save Energy - This article (recently featured in RCAP's newsletter) highlights helpful oft-overlooked ideas to save dollars on your energy bill.
How to Determine Sludge Age - This helpful post from the Kentucky DEP explains three methods to calculate how long sludge has been in the system.
South Florida cuts water use by 20 percent - Conservation practices and economic downturn couple to reduce water consumption in the Sunshine State.
8 USGS projects climate change impacts in 14 basins - New study demonstrates potential water resource changes, plus a tool from the Bureau of Reclamation helps communities apply this data to predict impact to water availability.

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars

May 23 - WERF: Trace Organics in Biosolids – Is there Cause for Concern?
This seminar will present findings from two recently completed WERF projects studying the removal of trace organics in wastewater treatment processes.

May 24 - NRWA: Water Storage Tank Mixing Systems and Best Practices
This webinar discusses the science of mixing water storage tanks. Both passive and active mixing systems will be presented with pros and cons of each.

May 31 - USEPA: Energy Use Assessment Tool for Water and Wastewater Systems
This webinar can help systems make informed energy efficiency and energy conservation decisions using a step-by-step process.

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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