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Newsletter #104 for December 12, 2012

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Customers Take Charge of Their Water System

This month's Water Tap newsletter from the Washington State Department of Health tells the story of a community fed up with an improperly managed water system. One hopes this experience will empower the newly formed water association to obtain training to make this a long-term success story. Read the Article.

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Upcoming Free Webinars

(Today!) December 12 - Native Learning Center: Grant Writing Essentials
After this course, attendees will be able to effectively communicate problems and solutions to funders, define measurable and realistic program outcomes, establish your organization’s credibility and capacity, and avoid common pitfalls.

December 13 - NRWA: Managing Biofilm Growth with Chemicals
This webinar will include a review of biofilms, discussing where and how they can develop within the distribution system. The webinar will also include case studies of how chemicals can be used to reduce the levels of biofilm within the plant and storage tanks.

December 14 - Tribal Water Codes: What are they and why are they important?
This webinar will be the first in a series and is meant to be a primer on Water Codes and different issues to consider when developing water codes. It is hosted by the National Congress of American Indians, the Native American Rights Fund, the Tribal Water Working Group and the Utton Center.

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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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

Mobile internet usage is widespread, even in areas without high speed internet connections. Consider this when planning communication strategies.

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 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 presents the small system public water operations in Medicine Bow, Wyoming, and how they remove radium from their public water supply.

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Medicine Bow, Wyoming: Radionuclide Removal by Blending & Ion Exchange

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Weekly Reading for December 11, 2012

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

How the fiscal cliff would affect rural areas - RCAP links up to a blog post that explains the potential impact of the fiscal cliff in simple terms.
Water Service Extended to West El Paso County - Grants and loans from USDA fund infrastructure improvements to serve rural areas near El Paso, Texas.
Wells still suffering effects of drought - Illinois communities and farmers already worrying about drought's impact on next summer.
Drought revives old water wars - States that depend on Missouri, Mississippi rivers compete for limited resources.
Missouri River pipeline mulled to ease Front Range's water woes - Water managers studying options to bring a sustainable water supply to the west.
Pesticides in Tap Water Linked to Food Allergies - New research shows possible link between bacteria-killing chemicals in pesticides and increased prevalence of food allergies.
HUD introduces communication tool with Native Americans - New electronic process designed to enhance transparency and facilitate dialogue about development.

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