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Newsletter #106 for January 3, 2013

USEPA Clarifies Position on Electronic CCR Delivery

A guidance memo to drinking water primacy agencies was released today that clarifies appropriate use of electronic methods to meet requirements to "mail or otherwise directly deliver" the annual consumer confidence report. The document provides a clear position on email and web-based delivery, with a framework for what is acceptable and "direct" as well as examples. As always, primacy agencies may be more restrictive than the USEPA and will likely take varied approaches to implementation of this guidance. Download the memorandum.

Community water systems are invited to attend a webinar on January 17 that explains the CCR electronic delivery framework. Click here to register.

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

When new local government officials take office, offer to give a tour of your facility so they know what you do and why it is important.

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 is an excellent example of proactive communication with customers about an upcoming distribution system flush, including what to expect and why it is needed.

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Kentucky American Water Distribution System Flushing

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Weekly Reading for January 3, 2013

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

Las Vegas-rural Nevada water pipeline project set to begin - Plans have been approved for water diversions from rural areas to meet needs of growing Las Vegas area.
Recruiting and Training Veterans for Careers in the Water Sector - ASDWA links to some resources that we've mentioned here previous that can bring skilled workers into your community.
Did you read your permit? - A reminder to pay attention to the details when dealing with compliance issues.
Rural women see shortened lifespans - Study cites health disparity between rural and urban areas for decreased life expectancy over previous decade.
3 powerful ways to do a better job in 2013 - These tips are especially relevant for those who work in service of the greater good, like operators.

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars

January 16 - WEF: Applied Math for Operators
This webcast will cover how to calculate area and volume, organic and hydraulic loading rates, flow and velocity, detention time, pumping calculations, overflow rates and solids loading rates, solids retention time (SRT), MLSS, MLVSS, return and waste activated sludge rates, and chemical dosage.

January 22 - RCAC: Basic Operations for Board Members
This workshop will familiarize board members and new managers with the basic workings of a public water system. Participants will learn and understand drinking water regulations, capacity development, water sources, water treatment facilities and water distribution systems, and financial responsibilities.

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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