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Newsletter #42 for September 13, 2011

Today is Protect Your Groundwater Day

On Protect Your Groundwater Day, the National Ground Water Association urges you to ACT. Use this day to begin doing your part for protecting one of our most important natural resources — groundwater

​1. Acknowledge the causes of preventable groundwater contamination —

​​​​​​Everyone
* ​​There are hazardous substances common to households
* Most household water use occurs in a few areas around the home.

If you own a water well
* Wellheads should be a safe distance from potential contamination
* Septic system malfunctions can pollute groundwater
* Poorly constructed or maintained wells can facilitate contamination
* Improperly abandoned wells can lead to groundwater contamination

2.​ Consider which apply to you —

Everyone
* What specific hazardous substances are in and around your home?
* Where do you and your family use the most water?

If you own a water well
* Is your wellhead a safe distance from possible contamination?
* Is your well/septic system due for an inspection?
* Are there any abandoned wells on your property?

3. Take action to prevent groundwater contamination —

Everyone
When it comes to hazardous household substances:
* Store them properly in a secure place
* Use them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations
* Dispose of them safely.
* When it comes to water conservation:
* Modify your water use (more water saving tips)
* Install a water-saving device.

If you own a water well
* ​Move possible contamination sources a safe distance from the wellhead
* Get current on yourseptic system inspection and cleaning
* Get your annual water well system inspection
* Properly decommission any abandoned wells using a professional.

For more information, visit NGWA's Groundwater Day website.

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Missouri Enacts New Incentive for Board Member Training

We're fond of a new law in Missouri that requires training for public water supply board members before they can get paid or reimbursed. Board members who understand both the basics of water systems as well as how to run public entities like a business are essential for sustainability.

Effective on August 28, 2011, several new laws went into effect in the state of Missouri. One new law has particular interest for Public Water Supply Districts. Chapter 247.060 was amended and now reads in part:

5. Each member of the board may receive an attendance fee not to exceed one hundred dollars for attending each regularly called board meeting, or special meeting, but shall not be paid for attending more than two meetings in any calendar month, except that in a county of the first classification, a member shall not be paid for attending more than four meetings in any calendar month. However, no board member shall be paid more than one attendance fee if such member attends more than one board meeting in a calendar week. In addition, the president of the board of directors may receive fifty dollars for attending each regularly or specially called board meeting, but shall not be paid the additional fee for attending more than two meetings in any calendar month. Each member of the board shall be reimbursed for his or her actual expenditures in the performance of his or her duties on behalf of the district.

6. In no event, however, shall a board member receive any attendance fees or additional compensation authorized in subsection 5 of this section until after such board member has completed a minimum of six hours training regarding the responsibilities of the board and its members concerning the basics of water treatment and distribution, budgeting and rates, water utility planning, the funding of capital improvements, the understanding of water utility financial statements, the Missouri sunshine law, and this chapter.

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Don't Forget

October 1, 2011 is the federal deadline for all Community Water Systems to submit their 2010 Annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) proof of distribution to their primacy agency. Note: Your primacy agency may have more stringent deadlines.

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Weekly Reading for September 13, 2011

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

1. How to Save Water, Relieve Treatment Facilities in Wake of Flooding - Great tips that customers should know in the event of a flood.
2. UN report highlights California water problems - According to a recent report from the United Nations (U.N.), the lack of clean, safe drinking water for many California residents has become a substantial issue.
3. SDARWS Leak Detection Trailer assists Dakota Dunes after flood - Rural water association's leak detection trailer turned out to be an effective emergency response tool.
4. Wait a minute, Mr. Postman - An important reminder about carrying ourselves as professionals no matter your job in the water industry.
5. Storm floods kill Vermont water plant manager - This is a sad reminder of the dangers of flood waters.

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