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Newsletter #31 for June 29, 2011


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New Plain English Publications Available

The Rural Community Assistance Parternship (RCAP) has released two new documents designed to inform non-operators - board members, town government and customers - about drinking water and wastewater systems. The documents were designed to help communities make better, more-informed decisions about their water supplies. Visit http://www.rcap.org/commpubs to download the publications or search for them in our document database.

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Recently on our Blog...

Indicators of A Well Managed System
Things every system should have/do to demonstrate good management.

Perceptions of Operators, Boards, and Customers
NCEFC, NCRWA, and SE-TAC looked at how operators are viewed by others.

How We Want to Develop Small Systems and the Operator Workforce
Find out how we're changing how small water supplies do business one operator at a time.

Stuff We Love: Memorable Water Towers
Does your water tower make an impression? Find out what it matters.

Implications of Instant-Notice Communication Technologies
More details on compliance issues related to using SMS and email broadcast services.

More on Mapping for Small Systems
A guest post from Heather Himmelberger offering additional tips for mapping your water supply.

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Your Chance to Have a Voice!

Small Business Panel on Long-Term Revisions for the Lead and Copper Rule
US EPA seeks input from small systems who may be impacted by these regulatory revisions. Interested communities should apply by July 12.
Sanitary Sewer Overflows / Peak Flows Workshop
On July 14-15, US EPA will hold a workshop to solicit stakeholder input on regulating discharges at POTWs.


Weekly Reading for June 29, 2011

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

1. How Climate Change Threatens West Coast Water Supplies - A new report from EARTH magazine looks at how water utilities and water managers will need to cope with changing recharge from springtime melting of mountain snow.
2. Using tap water will save money, reorder priorities - In this opinion article, two Oregonians suggest their state should be a role model in eschewing bottled water.
3. Perfecting Policies, Part 2 - A follow-up from the Safe Drinking Water Trust eBulletin highlighting how to develop system policies that will ensure compliance and protect the community.


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