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Newsletter #66 for February 28, 2012

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The US EPA is listening. Are you talking?

Among a variety of federal efforts to listen closer to citizen concerns, US EPA's water programs have at least three initiatives underway to facilitate two-way dialogue on issues relevant to small drinking water and wastewater systems.

SmallWaterSupply.org thinks its important to take advantage of these opportunities to educate federal decision-makers on what it's like to be an operator for a small, rural community.

1) Talk about... Consumer Confidence Reports

Last week, the EPA kicked off an effort to solicit feedback on the Consumer Confidence Report regulation and issues pertaining to development and delivery of the annual water quality report.

How to Participate: Click here to register for the feedback community, where comments are being taken through March 9.

2) Talk about... Small Wastewater Treatment Systems

The EPA has launched a new forum for small communities to discuss issues related to their centralized or decentralized wastewater treatment systems and get technical support.

How to Participate: You are invited to a training webinar at 1pm EST on March 1, 2012 to find out how to sign up for and use the new forum. Click here to register or learn more.

3) Talk about... Affordability of Arsenic Rule Compliance

Congress has directed EPA to find out how small systems are managing the impacts of complying with the arsenic in drinking water regulation and to discuss options for making compliance more affordable.

How to Participate: You are invited to a kick-off webinar for this effort at 1pm EST on March 2, 2012. Click here to register or learn more.

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From the SmallWaterSupply.org Blog

New: Financial Accounting for Small Water and Wastewater Systems - Learn ten tips to improve your small water supply's regular accounting practices.
New: Stuff We Love: WEF's Strategic Direction - SmallWaterSupply.org loves that WEF is forward-thinking in ways that continue to look out for small water supplies.
Coordinating Tribal Technical Assistance - Technical assistance providers and federal agencies that serve and support tribal water and wastewater systems have developed a unifying and comprehensive strategy to coordinate services.

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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, developed by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, explains cross-connection control and backflow prevention in easy-to-understand terms and with simple animations. This video serves as a nice complement to the resources we blogged about in January.

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Weekly Reading for February 28, 2012

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

Disinfection App Available for iPhone and Android - The Missouri Rural Water Association recently added an iPhone version of its new disinfection smartphone app to its roster.
Will Iowa Have Enough Water? - Recent effort to understand state's water supply issues provide insight about future groundwater resources in Iowa.
Key Considerations for SCADA Security - Learn the basics of safeguarding your SCADA system and your utility from cyber threats.
Kentucky Makes Small System Awards - Innovative partnership between Kentucky's capacity development program and local RCAP affiliate helps secure small system funding for equipment, training and office management.
Marketing Bull Run - Learn about Portland's legacy of marketing the quality and value of their public water system.
$50 Million for Water Infrastructure in Western States - The Bureau of Reclamation announced funding recipients, which includes $30M for waste and wastewater improvements to tribal and non-tribal rural communities.
Cuyamaca College Awarded Water/Wastewater Technology Grant - California college will lead a partnership of seven community colleges to provide more training for jobs in water and wastewater.

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars

February 29 - Communicating to Gain and Maintain Buy-In
from USEPA and USDA
This webinar will discuss system parternships as real solutions to address everything from shrinking utility resources to regulatory compliance issues to operator know-how.

March 6 - How to Reap Cost Savings by Hiring a Veteran
from National Rural Water Association
This webinar will discuss the cost savings and other benefits of hiring American Veterans and how to you can go about taking advantage of those benefits.

March 7 - Sun Safety Training
from Rocky Mountain Water Environmental Association
This webinar will educate on sun safety for those who work outdoors most of the day.

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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