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Newsletter #108 for February 5, 2013


AWWA Releases White Paper on Fracking

We've avoided getting in the middle of this controversial topic, because there are a lot of opinions and a lot of unknowns. However, AWWA has recently released an easy-to-read 14 page white paper on the topic. The information is well-researched and shares both sides of the issue in an utility-centric way. We also like that the document shares specific steps water systems can take as well as suggestions for communicating with customers.

Click here to download the white paper


Volunteers Needed for Wastewater Facilities Questionnaire

Are you a leader or decision-maker in a small community or a wastewater system design engineer that serves rural areas? The USEPA is seeking volunteers to take part in a study to help the agency identify tools to assist local officials and designers of wastewater facilities in choosing effective, sustainable technologies to serve small communities. Please reply to this email if you are interested in participating.

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

Make sure your most important contact information is updated in any town directories or on the local government's website.

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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State WARNs Give Rural Utilities a Helping Hand
We've talked before about the importance of state WARNs and mutual aid agreements, but what does that all mean in practical terms? Here, we highlight two state WARN programs that have provided resources when rural utilities needed help.

Environmental Justice Awards Benefit Small Communities, Tribes
Water-related programs serving rural communities dominate EPA's 2012 list of environmental justice grant awards.


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 highlights the Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative (ARUC) (pronounced a ruck), an Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium statewide program that manages, operates and maintains water and sewer systems in rural Alaska.


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Weekly Reading for February 5, 2013

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

WEF Launches the Stormwater Report Website - New website and Twitter account seeks to extend the conversation about stormwater news.
EPA Water Security & Resiliency Highlights - This brochure provides an overview of USEPA's water security program, including a list of available resources and tools. (via Iowa DNR)
Future Trends In Financing Water Projects - Editor's Note: This editorial is dominated by big system perspectives. On this cusp of many changes, make sure your voice will be heard by supporting the entities that have your back.
What if the Water Industry had more Media Exposure? - This short essay raises important questions about the role of today's media in elevating an issue.
The Real Dirt on Biosolids as Soil Amendments - New study looks at wastewater solids that are applied to land, composted, or used to cover landfills. (via South Dakota Rural Water)

Related Info: USEPA is no longer sending the DMR forms for reporting biosolids information. If you dispose of biosolids, you still must report the information to the USEPA, and the reports are due Februrary 19, 2013. (via Illinois Water Environment Association)

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February 6 - WEF: Fundamentals of UV Disinfection
This presentation provides an overview of regulatory considerations, the fundamental principles of UV disinfection and how these factors impact the design, operations and maintenance of UV systems for wastewater disinfection.

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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