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Newsletter #94 for September 11, 2012


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USEPA Workshop Focuses on Small System Issues

This week we're in Cincinnati for the 9th Annual Workshop on Small Drinking Water Systems. This annual event, sponsored by the USEPA, focuses on the technical aspects of compliance and the issues that impact small communities.

The map above shows the distribution of attendees from 46 states, Puerto Rico and Guam. This event is unlike any other in that it brings together such a large number of state staff with federal staff, consultants, and researchers to learn and network in support of small systems compliance.

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Opportunity for Comment on CCR Delivery

As part of USEPA's effort to review the Consumer Confidence Report regulation, the Agency has opened public comment on potential approaches to electronic delivery of the CCR. Learn more.

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

Communicating with your board members is most effective when done on a regular basis. Consistent engagement will help these volunteers better understand your needs and challenges. If there are topics you need help presenting, many local TA providers are more than willing to help you educate your board.

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


Test Your Knowledge

We thought it might be fun to have a trivia question this week. This week's question is:

How many National Primary Drinking Water Regulations are there?

Click here to provide your response. The correct answer will be provided next week!


Weekly Reading for September 11, 2012

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

Dated Pipes Holding Up Project - A forgotten wooden sewer pipe in rural Montana delays progress on funded infrastructure project. This example reiterates the need for simple and accurate system maps.
Don't Waste the Drought - This editorial frames the drought as opportunity for systems to enact change. While all the ideas may not be practical, it serves as a framework to empower your community to make progress on infrastructure challenges.
Sewer Line Inspection - Don't wait until there is a problem. Proactive, routine inspection of your sewer lines prevents unexpected issues and allows for proper funding of infrastructure upgrades.
You are the True Expert about Your Community - This editorial provides from USEPA's environmental justice blog provides an important reminder about serving as an advocate for your community and your water.
A Day without Water - This lighthearted narrative on the consequences of no water offers several ideas for raising this issue as part of the larger discussion on the value of water, water systems and water operators.


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 explains how the Novi, MI public water supply is protected by maintaining system pressure, fire hydrants, and a cross connection program. The cross connection program makes sure non-potable water sources are not connected to water mains.


Maintaining Pressure, Fire Hydrants, and a Cross Connection Program

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars

September 13 - USEPA: Sustainability Planning for Utilities
This webcast will focus on how utilities can engage with various stakeholders in the community to establish sustainability goals that reflect utility and community priorities.

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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New Tribal Interest Group

We're excited about the ideas we have for this and look forward to connecting with tribal operators and utility managers as well as those organizations serving tribes. If you've not yet indicated your interest, please sign up for our interest group.


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