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Newsletter #56 for December 20, 2011

New Report on Infrastructure Crisis and Call for Federal Support

This week, the American Society of Civil Engineers released an assessment of water infrastructure spending. The study "paints a grim future for the U.S. economy. The costs associated with unreliable delivery and inadequate treatment ... will combine to cut the nation’s gross domestic product by as much as $416 billion over the next decade if current spending levels remain unchanged." Read more...

Meanwhile, major water industry organizations call on Congress to support a Water Infrastructure and Innovations Act to reduce the costs of critical water infrastructure projects. "The water organizations stressed that Americans are best served by water systems that are self-sustaining through rates and other local charges." Read more...

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Weekly Reading for December 20, 2011

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

Water-quality standards unfairly burden rural communities - Small community can't afford to comply with wastewater regulations.
Oregon water rights decision favors tribes - Resolution of a 36 year dispute protects water on tribal lands in Oregon.
Growth of large private water companies brings higher water rates - Outside investors are (currently) more prepared to manage small water systems like a business, but it doesn't have to stay that way.
RCAP produces new guide to help small, rural communities manage their utility finances - In one of several new guides, system managers can learn how to use financial reports to make better decisions.
Texas drought depleting small-town water supplies - The Texas WARN program provides aid to those hardest hit.

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Upcoming Free Webinars

Most organizations have wound down for the year and will resume training activities in January. Watch this space as well as the front page of SmallWaterSupply.org for free webinars relevant to you.

Know of a webinar? Email us (info@smallwatersupply.org) and we'll make sure it is added to our calendar!

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O Christmas Grease - A Water Carol

There is so much in this business that is not light and fluffy - what water professionals do is important for public health. But the holiday season is a wonderful time to make light of real issues (proper disposal of cooking grease) in jolly tunes!

Download and enjoy the O Christmas Grease mp3

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