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Newsletter #81 for June 12, 2012

AWWA is a Friend to Small Systems

Our program manager Steve Wilson is in Dallas this week for the AWWA annual conference. There he is giving a talk on our recent survey of systems (of all sizes) in Illinois as well as networking with many of our friends, partners and colleagues. Steve is a trustee for AWWA's Small Systems Division, working to ensure that your issues, challenges and concerns are heard by this large, diverse organization.

It thus seems timely to let you know that AWWA recently updated its Small Systems Resources page. The new page seeks to better connect you with relevant AWWA tools, events and resources as well as other industry information (including SmallWaterSupply.org!). The organization updated other resource pages as well in this streamlining effort.

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

When hosting a plant tour, double or triple up on the benefits by inviting local press to cover the event and recording it to share on the web.

Each week, we're sharing a quick tip to help you educate the public and communicate more effectively with local decision makers and customers.

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Video of the Week

In each week's newsletter, we 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 demonstrates the use of legos and other toys to effectively communicate water pollution issues.

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Cleaning up Seattle's Lower Duwamish Waterway

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Weekly Reading for June 12, 2012

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

How Little is Little? - This blog post helps explain what a million really means.
Trend Towards Decentralized Systems - Expanding population is driving more communities towards decentralized wastewater.
As US water bills rise, utilities struggle for funds - It's good to see industry challenges highlighted in mainstream press.

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars

June 20 - WEF: Condition Assessment: Building Out Your Own CMMS
This webcast will cover in-house vs. contracted CMMS; new technologies; contractor relationships, risks, and responsibilities; and translating data to information.

June 26 - WEF: Clean Water Isn't Free? Communicating about Rates
In this webinar you will learn how to view rate increases from the public’s viewpoint, communicate the value of water, explain the drivers of costs, prepare yourself for objections at public meetings, and discuss rate changes with elected officials and wholesale customers.

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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