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Newsletter #103 for November 28, 2012

U.S. EPA Launches SepticSmart Program to Educate Homeowners

A new public education initiative seeks to help homeowners understand how their septic system works. Like private water wells, septic systems require proper maintenance to avoid contamination and illness.

The new SepticSmart website contains basic information as well as downloadable resources for homeowners. There is also an outreach toolkit for local and regional organizations.

Click to visit SepticSmart.

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

Show your community support by organizing an "add $1 to your bill" campaign that benefits a local organization.

Each week, we offer 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 featured on our home page during the week. Visit our archive for past features.

This video explains the water treatment process using a direct filtration plant (and explaining conventional treatment along the way) and allows you to see the flash mix process, flocculation basins, gravity filters, backwashing, and the spent washwater reclamation process.


Water Treatment Process: Direct and Conventional Filtration


Weekly Reading for November 28, 2012

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

Cooperation helping to keep water monitoring system operating - Regional partnership working on ways to support O&M costs for real time monitoring.
What to Expect when Seeking Funding for your Utility - This new Drop of Knowledge article from RCAP offers tips and links for grant and loan applications.
How Are Wastewater Operators Exposed to Chemicals and Diseases? - Proper health and safety precautions protect water workers from inevitable exposure to harmful substances.
How Does Groundwater Pumping Affect Streamflow? - A new USGS report for those interested in how use of groundwater for the public water supply may impact local streams.
3 issues arise in Wichita as fluoride vote nears - News article explains some of the issues on this controversial topic.

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December 5 - WEF: Data Quality and Validation
The goal of this webcast series is to emphasize the importance of sound data for planning purposes at wastewater treatment plants, particularly those that are faced with upcoming effluent nutrient regulations, or stricter regulations.

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