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Newsletter #88 for July 31, 2012

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This Week's Drought News

A majority of industry discussion these days is about the drought. Here are a couple of articles we found interesting:

Drought intensifying across the US from AWWA News
What does "drought" really mean? from AWWA Blog
Small dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico from Circle of Blue
Should you consider conservation measures? from MRWA
Heat, drought straining Nebraska utilities from Omaha.com
Will drought cause the next blackout? from New York Times

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Opportunity to Participate in EPA Public Meeting on "Lead-Free"

The anticipated “summer” EPA Public Meeting on New Definition of "Lead-Free" will be held Thursday, August 16, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., EDT the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a public meeting to “discuss and solicit input from States, manufacturers, drinking water systems, other interested groups and consumers on the implementation of the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2011” (P.L. 111-380).

US EPA is providing access to the meeting by conference call line and webcast. Water system staff and others wishing to attend should register for the meeting by contacting Junie Percy of IntelliTech at (937) 427–4148 ext. 210, or by email junie.percy@itsysteminc.com no later than August 15, 2012. Additional information on the meeting is available in the July 30 Federal Register.

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

Focus on the values and benefits of your service when discussing rate changes, especially those that may not come quickly to mind. Examples include fire protection, preparing baby formula, less homeowner maintenance (compared w/ well or septic) etc.

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

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Video of the Week

In each week's newsletter, we 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.

For this week's featured video, we're highlighting the National Rural Water Association's Water University recordings. If you were not able to attend a webinar live, the NRWA offers free streaming playback for a majority of their events. While the recordings are free, they do ask that you register.

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Weekly Reading for July 31, 2012

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

Senators promote legislation to benefit water needs in tribal communities - Bill would direct funding to Bureau of Reclamation projects.
This week our friends at the Operation Matters blog are educating you about about proper flocculation, types of valves and thrust blocks!

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars

August 7 - RCAC: Board Basics: Safe Drinking Water Act
This workshop will teach operators, managers and board members how and why safe drinking water regulations exist. Available at 10am and 2pm Pacific.

August 8 - USEPA/USDA: Partnerships: State and Funder Perspectives
Webinar participants will learn how state regulators are facilitating partnerships, strategies for working with very small systems, and how funders encourage partnerships.

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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