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Newsletter #118 for July 29, 2013

Small Community in Arizona Needs Your Help

As you may have seen on the news, the Yarnell Hill Fire has devastated thousands of acres in Arizona. We would like to pass along this information we received from the Rural Water Association of Arizona.

The Yarnell Water Improvement Association (YWIA) is a not for profit organization which runs solely off the revenues collected from its members. Prior to the tragic fire, each of the 510 customers were members of the YWIA. With the loss of the 129 houses which burned to the ground and the 50+ houses damaged by the fire, our customer base is down over 25%. With the devastation to the system by the fire and the loss in revenue, YWIA can barely pay the minimum necessities. The link below will take you to a place where donations of money can be sent. The tracking will occur through a separate account and reports will be available for how the money was spent. YWIA has no employees or administrators, only a billing contractor and an operations contractor so all funds collected will go directly to the YWIA infrastructure. Contact Jerry Postema, YWIA Operations, for more information at azpostema@gmail.com, 602-614-6912 cell.
* Donate Here

Additional Help Needed
With the devastation of the fire and the firefighting activity, the water system took a huge hit on its infrastructure. Over 30 tanker trucks and firefighting equipment used all the water YWIA could produce. There was damage to the water mains and some hydrants, valves, and booster pumps during the heavy demands on the system. Many service lines were melted, meters had the internal plastic chambers melt from extreme heat, solder joints on meter setters were melted. The following items are needed:
* 200 direct read meters - 3/4" x 5/8"
* 200 of matching meter settings and parts (meter setters, curb stops, shut off ball valves, PRV's, brass nipples) all 3/4"
* 200 #1 concrete meter boxes, bottoms and lids
* 200 thick walled poly pipe repair clamps - assorted 3/4" by 3", 6", 9" and 12"
* 500 feet of C900 6" pipe and fittings
* 500 feet of C900 8" pipe and fittings
* 300 feet of 6" AC pipe and fittings
* 300 feet of 8" AC pipe and fittings
* 500 feet of 3/4" poly pipe, 500 feet of 1" poly pipe and inserts and couplers
* 24 6" RW valves
* 24 8" RW valves
* 12 hydrant repair kits
* Several water main repair clamps - 6" and 8" for AC pipe and C900 pipe
* 25 tons of washed sand, 25 tons of a/b, 25 tons of cold patch just for the immediate needs

Funds are tight, but the YWIA is working with Yavapai County to get FEMA funds and checking on insurance. A lot will not be covered and there is a need for other items such as controls for tanks, booster pumps, controls for the wells, 3" meters for the wells and master meter - the SCADA was damaged beyond repair and needs to be replaced, control level sensor for the tanks are out and the whole system is being operated manually. Any help is much appreciated.

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New! Free Training for Wastewater Operators

August 13 - Wastewater Disinfection
August 28 - Energy Efficiency for Wastewater Plants
September 4 - Overview of Wastewater Treatment

This is a new series of online workshops, presented for FREE by RCAP with funding from USEPA, on wastewater technology. These workshops, which run from 3-4pm EDT, will use the Blackboard educational platform and be highly interactive. Click here to register.

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.


CUPSS Community Call: July 31

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health requires the development of an asset management plan as a condition of accepting grant and loan funding from the state's Drinking Water Treatment Revolving Fund. This call will feature their approach in encouraging the use of CUPSS to create an asset management plan through a 14 month step-by-step process.

When: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 2:00-3:00pm ET
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/566564642

The CUPSS Community includes small water and wastewater system personnel, state drinking water and wastewater regulatory program staff, technical assistance providers, community or water association members, or anyone interested in sustainable water infrastructure. There will be an opportunity during the CUPSS Community calls to ask questions of the featured speakers and EPA staff.


'Protect Your Groundwater Day' is Coming Up in September

On September 10, 2013 the National Ground Water Association will host Project Your Groundwater Day. There's still plenty of time to coordinate an awareness activity in your community. Click here to learn more and access outreach resources.

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

Use your regular customer service channels as an opportunity to make a good impression and to educate the public. For example, record friendly reminders and tips to play when customers are on hold.

Each week, we offer a quick tip to help you educate the public and communicate more effectively with local decision makers and customers.


Weekly Reading for July 29, 2013

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

A Layman’s Guide to Inorganic and Organic Contaminant Removal by Standard Filtration Methods - Basic filtration technologies, along with their advantages and disadvantages, are covered in this helpful guide for operators and engineers.
Four Ways Your DO Measurements Are Being Affected - There are many factors that can affect your dissolved oxygen meter measurements. This series focuses on the affects from temperature, salinity, barometric pressure and flow dependence.
Facts About Groundwater Usage - A new fact sheet from NGWA shows how groundwater is the world’s most extracted raw material with withdrawal rates up in the range of 600 to 700 billion m3/year, or cubic meters per year.

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Share This: Securing the Future Through Water

This promotional video for the US Army Corps of Engineers shares many eye-opening statistics related to the importance of our waterways.

Share This is a new feature offering insightful resources to share with your customers and the public.


Video of the Week

In each newsletter, we highlight an excellent video worth watching. That video is also featured on our home page. Visit our archive for past features.

This video series from NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation is designed to help the public better understand current challenges and future threats to water supplies.

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