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Newsletter #96 for September 25, 2012

Thanks for Your Support

September 30 will mark a significant change at SmallWaterSupply.org. Since even before the site was launched in the summer of 2009, we have been supported by a grant from the USEPA through the Technical Assistance Center program. The Midwest Technology Assistance Center, housed at the University of Illinois, provided the funding to start and maintain SmallWaterSupply.org to this point. That funding comes to an end September 30.

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank the USEPA for seeing the vision we had for SmallWaterSupply.org, and for the support they have given MTAC, as well as the other seven Technical Assistance Centers, over the last dozen years or so. We believe there is no equal to what SmallWaterSupply.org offers water and wastewater operators online and how useful the site is to operators, technical assistance providers, and regulators alike. By not playing favorites and putting the needs of the operator first, we have developed a truly unique online tool that benefits everyone in our industry.

We are so proud of all we have accomplished and grateful to be able to work on such a rewarding project. This isn’t goodbye, we aren’t going away, but our funding is currently less than a third of what we have had for the past 3+ years, so there will be some changes. For today though, we just want to say thanks to everyone who has supported our efforts and to all of those that have used the website and/or contacted us for help.

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

Use creativity and clever ideas to communicate important issues, like water conservation. Enlist kids if you need help thinking outside the box.

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


Weekly Reading for September 25, 2012

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

EPA Decentralized MOU Partnership Develops Paperss - This workgroup has developed four short papers for state, local, and tribal government officials which include information on the uses and benefits of decentralized wastewater treatment.
Public Database Helps Users Provide Clean Drinking Water - The TDB is a “one-stop shop” type of tool to help anyone looking for information on water contaminants and water treatment techniques.
Laura Jane Musser Program - Grant funding available to support rural development activities in Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wyoming.


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.

This week's video shares six common mistakes many people make over and over that stop them from passing the state water treatment or distribution exam.


Water Treatment or Distribution Operator Exam Success

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Upcoming Free Webinars

October 4 - USEPA: Water Quality Standards 101
In this webinar, you will learn how to use water quality standards to protect water resources. It is aimed at states, territories, tribes, environmental groups, industrial groups, municipalities, the academic community, federal agencies, watershed groups and any other interested parties.

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.


About SmallWaterSupply.org

SmallWaterSupply.org is a free service, grant-funded to support small community water and wastewater operators with comprehensive resources and information in one easy-to-use place. We also serve the 800+ training, primacy, and technical service organizations, by helping operators get to their information. We aren't buying, selling, or advertising anything. You can call us at 1-866-522-2681 if you need assistance.

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