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Newsletter #76 for May 8, 2012

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Drinking Water Week: May 6-12, 2012

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Are You Signed Up Yet?

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 Make the Internet Work for You, 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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Source Water Protection Lessons for Students Now Available

The FFA organization released a series of 20 source water protection lessons for the high school level through a partnership with USDA and EPA. The lessons contain hands-on and remedial activities, supplemental web and community resources, assessments, and community stewardship. Content covered includes the water cycle, drinking water basics, the watershed approach, and agricultural conservation practices to protect water quality.

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SmallWaterSupply.org's Blog

Recently on SmallWaterSupply.org

GIS Training and Resources Available Through Esri
Esri, a leading producer of GIS (geographic information system) software, has a wealth of relevant information available on the web.
Smart Growth Implementation Assistance
EPA's Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program can provide Tribes and small communities with technical assistance and community outreach to assist in economic growth and public health improvements.

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Where to Buy Water/Wastewater Parts and Supplies Online

Last week we asked for feedback on where to buy equipment, tools and other supplies on the Internet. We received two responses that might be of help:

From Bridget O'Grady of ASDWA and Dawn Kristof Champney of the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA)... www.thebluebook.com

From Pam Broviak of Public Works Group... www.municibid.com

Also, the Illinois Section AWWA has a specific members-only area on their website for buy, sell and trade. Do other organizations have this?

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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 from RCAP provides an overview of financial management for small-community drinking water or wastewater utilities, from developing and balancing an expense budget to estimating and collecting revenue.

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The Basics of Financial Management for Small Utilities

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Weekly Reading for May 8, 2012

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

Waste to power program becomes blueprint for communities nationwide - A California public water and sewer utility becomes first net energy producer in our industry.
What's The Status Of Our Groundwater Quality? - New report from the USGS reveals long term trends in a selection of groundwater constituents, such a chloride, dissolved solids and nitrate.
Defeating California’s water crisis - Environmental and economic issues affecting California's water supplies are highlighted in this article.

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars Tomorrow

May 2 - WEF: Wastewater as a Resource
This webinar will provide an overview of nutrient recovery and discuss the drivers for implementing nutrient recovery and what a nutrient recovery system entails.

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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We're at the Missouri Rural Water Meeting!

In Columbia for the conference? Come see our booth or stop by the management track to hear us at 9am on Wednesday. We'll give you a tour of the site and highlight the most helpful features.

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About SmallWaterSupply.org

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