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Newsletter #101 for October 30, 2012

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New Blog Post: Resources & Tips for Water System Emergencies

Hurricane Sandy is giving the public and our industry a reminder that water and wastewater utilities are essential, but vulnerable. With reports of system failure across the eastern seaboard, it's an appropriate time to highlight best practices for emergency situations.

Read the Post from SmallWaterSupply.org

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

Educate your community on an ongoing basis about where to seek information during an emergency. If possible, coordinate this effort with other local agencies.

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 offers basic information and tips for operators, design engineers, and on-site assistance trainers were presented for biological, chemical, and biological/chemical methods to achieve low effluent phosphorus. Though phosphorus removal techniques are similar for all sized wastewater treatment facilities, this recorded webcast focused on small wastewater treatment facilities.

Phosphorus Removal Webcast

Phosphorus Removal – Tips for Operators, Trainers, and Design Engineers

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Weekly Reading for October 30, 2012

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

The Scariest Thing About Sandy: Guarding the Water Supply - This op-ed piece points out how the regulatory system has created an environment where many water supplies can readily bounce back.
Hurricane Sandy Has an Ohio Wastewater Utility Operating Above Capacity - Superstorm's impact to water systems reach's far further inland than the storm winds.
$1 Billion in Financing Available to Illinois Utilities - The governor of Illinois announced last week that sales of bonds, combined with SRF funding, will provide for water infrastructure improvements.
NRWA Offers Utility Management Certification Program - Organization seeks to raise the bar of excellent on water and wastewater utility management.
Funding for rural improvements mismanaged, GAO says - Report notes overlaps in funding opportunities from USEPA and USDA for small communities.
Are Your Household Items Making Wastewater Treatment Less Effective? - Triclosan, an anti-bacterial agent, can impact operator's ability to maintain effective treatment.

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars

November 5 - USEPA: Troubleshooting the Partnership Process
System to system partnerships that include operator mentoring, sharing equipment, third-party billing, contract management, and even ownership transfer are real solutions to address everything from shrinking utility resources to regulatory compliance issues. But forming a new partnership can be tricky! Join this webinar to learn from the experience of those involved with the formation of the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority and the El Valle Water Alliance. Bring your partnership troubleshooting questions to the webinar and get some advice from this panel of experts!

November 8 - NRWA: Satellite Meter Reading
This session on automated meter reading (AMR) focuses on all AMR approaches, including all existing and a new satellite-based technology. AMR provides reduced operational costs, improved data accuracy, improved cash flow budgeting and improved customer service/public relations. The satellite-based technology provides additional unique advantages working in conjunction with existing technology. The technology provides up-to-minute meter information which can help in faster leak detection.

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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Recently at SmallWaterSupply.org

Winterizing for Consumers and Small Water Systems
As cold weather approaches, use these resources to prepare your water system for winter, to inform your customers of winterizing best practices, and to help them thaw their frozen pipes safely.

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