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Newsletter #89 for August 8, 2012

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

Earlier this week at a roadside rest stop, we spotted a covered drinking fountain with a handwritten sign posted that read: "Don't Drink. Water Bad."

At first I commented that I'm sure the sign doesn't meet proper public notice requirements for a transient public water supply. However, after seeing this half-sarcastic blog post from Thirsty in Suburbia, I have further thoughts.

While I would always recommend compliance with PN regulations, there is also a certain degree of common sense that is necessary when communicating with the public. It's easy to get caught up in the fine print details and lose the big picture message you're trying to communicate. In this sense, "Don't Drink. Water Bad." was perfectly stated.

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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Weekly Reading for August 8, 2012

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

Water begins to flow from new regional system - A South Dakota project two decades in the making sees success.
Rural Water launches professional recognition initiative - First step is change in terminology, titling operators "System Operations Specialists".
Water Association Director Identifies Serious Problem - Water loss tagged as costly problem related to infrastructure deterioration.
Funding needed for rural water projects nationwide - Drought has highlighted ongoing issues of providing access to safe water and sanitation to small, rural and tribal communities.
MRWA releases new app - Calculate well drawdown and specific capacity with this iOS and Android application.

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August 14 - WEF: Strategies for Today’s Workforce Issues
This webinar will highlight both some of the pressing issues facing utilities and how agencies are dealing with them through innovative approaches to training, knowledge management, and effective use of technology.

August 22 - WERF: Guidance for Optimization of Lift Stations
This web seminar will present the findings on how hydraulic model simulation can be integrated with new generation SCADA programming so that lift station pumping can be scheduled and controlled from a central location for energy efficient operation.

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