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Newsletter #124 for February 7, 2014

RCAP to receive $4.8M in competitive awards from EPA

It was announced last week that the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), along with the National Rural Water Association and the University of North Carolina, have been selected to receive two cooperative agreements from USEPA's 2013 solicitation, totaling $4.8M:

$4.5M for training and technical assistance to small systems for SDWA compliance
$300K for water supply and water quality education to private well owners

SmallWaterSupply.org and PrivateWellClass.org at the University of Illinois were named sub-awardees in RCAP's proposals and we look forward to sharing our plans for this award period in the near future.

Thanks to our friends as ASDWA for sharing the full list of awardees. If you're not sure what RCAP does, check out this "expose".


New Buy American Requirement Enacted for SRF Loans

Thank you to the Iowa DNR for sharing this information with SmallWaterSupply.org!

In the federal budget passed by Congress on January 17, a Buy American requirement for State Revolving Fund loans was imposed. The information about how this will be implemented is still coming out from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but it will have an impact on a number of pending Clean Water and Drinking Water SRF projects. Here are the facts we know so far; these will give you a preview of how your project may be affected:

If you meet either of the following criteria, Buy American does NOT affect you:
A. Your SRF loan was executed before January 17, 2014; OR
B. Your construction permit was issued before January 17, 2014.

All other projects may need to comply with the new Buy American requirements.

The new Buy American requirement applies to iron and steel products, but not all manufactured goods (as was the case during the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) period when SRF last had Buy American). These products include such items as pipes and fittings, manhole covers, hydrants, tanks, flanges, pipe clamps, valves, structural steel, reinforced precast concrete, and other construction materials.

A waiver process will be in place for cases where the EPA determines that applying Buy American would be inconsistent with the public interest, there is a lack of availability or quality of U.S. made products, or inclusion of iron and steel products produced in the U.S. will increase the cost of the project by more than 25%. The waiver process will include a public comment period.

Editor's Note: Please direct any questions about how this requirement may impact your SRF project to your primacy agency.

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Upcoming Webinars

Case Histories on the Use of Peracetic Acid
February 12, 2014 at 1pm EST
Hosted by WEF
Peracetic acid (PAA) is a powerful oxidant that is receiving much interest in disinfecting wastewater and wet weather flows. This webcast will provide operational and maintenance information from a PAA disinfection system which has been operating successfully for many years.

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.


Weekly Reading for February 7, 2014

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

Spill Shows Myth of Overregulation - This blog post (opinion) explains why regulators are needed to protect public health, in light of the recent chemical spill in West Virginia.

Could It Happen Here? - Also in reference to the West Virginia incident, Pennsylvania's program elaborates on the need for robust, cross-cutting source water protection efforts.

Converting To On-Site Hypochlorite - This white paper shares the top 10 factors to consider when making this treatment change.


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