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Newsletter #113 for April 28, 2013

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Spring Storms Bring Floods to the Midwest

Last year's drought has been followed by heavy rains this spring. Flooding has impacted many areas across the midwest and beyond. This previous SmallWaterSupply.org post highlights a variety of relevant resources:
* Resources and Tips for Water System Emergencies

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12 Steps to Precise pH Measurement

Bench top chemistry is a common task for operators, but are you doing it properly each and every time? This short factsheet provides 12 tips to help you get precise pH readings.

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Keep track of annual awareness events and activities on a calendar so that you always have topics for newsletters, emails and social media messages.

Each week, we offer 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 newsletter, we highlight an excellent video worth watching. That video is also featured on our home page. Visit our archive for past features.

This video provides a visual overview of the basic equipment and processes involved in lime softening.


Lime Softening Techniques for Water Operators


Weekly Reading for April 10, 2013

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

Alaskan Native village completes new water infrastructure project - Village credits financing from the USDA as well as partnerships for the successful completion of the project.
Explosion at wastewater holding tank kills man - Methane gas responsible for deadly explosion in Michigan.
Water Rights Tear at an Indian Reservation - Water agreement in western Montana proves more divisive than expected.
How to Prepare for WIFIA Funding - Get an overview of criteria and priority system for funding under new infrastructure financing program.
Rural Job Market Turns Inside Out - Small communities in the center of the country are leading the way for innovation and job growth since the recession.

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