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Newsletter #87 for July 24, 2012

What Does Drought Look Like?

As if you had not seen and heard enough from the media, the following two graphics display the severity of drought conditions facing the US this summer. The impacts are (and will continue to be) far-reaching. If you're looking for simple resources to share with customers, the Midwest Assistance Program has a great list of conservation tips.

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The Arkansas River in western Kansas is flowing at less than 1 percent of normal.


63.5% of the USA is now in a drought.

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New Guide Highlights Federal Resources

Thanks to ASDWA for alerting us to a new document developed for rural communities:

Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities ensures rural communities have access to all of the federal resources that can support their efforts to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments modernize infrastructure and provide services to residents. The guide has key information on funding and technical assistance opportunities available as well as examples of rural communities across the country.

Download the Guide

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

When you attend regional training events, make sure to network with our operators and ask how they are communicating with customers.

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


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 featured video from the Saskatchewan Water and Wastewater Association features water supply and treatment careers.


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Weekly Reading for July 24, 2012

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

Importance of Maintenance Programs - Operation Matters blog highlights the significance of a maintenance program and essential components.
New App Available for iPhone and Android - Missouri Rural water has developed an app for sizing a chemical pump.
Boot Camp Graduation for Students Interested in Water Industry Careers - Ceremony to be held this Friday for participants in a week-long water industry boot camp training session.
Study reveals gap between actual water costs and low-income subsidies - Water usage predictions indicate Section 8 funding will be insufficient.

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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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