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Newsletter #82 for June 20, 2012

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New Factsheets Detail Workforce Development Programs

The US Environmental Protection Agency has released a new PDF collection of factsheets that highlight opportunities for the next generation of water and wastewater operators. Sixteen training and internship programs are highlighted in the document. The materials are designed to help other communities, governmental agencies and educational institutions develop similar workforce programs.

Download the Factsheets

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

Show and tell when possible. Local decision makers may have a difficult time understanding the pressing need for funds by a written or verbal request alone. Offer to give a tour and show how the upgrades would improve the operator's job and efficiency of the system.

Each week, we're sharing 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 be featured on our home page during the week. Visit our archive for past features.

This week's featured video developed by the Surfrider Foundation (Today is International Surfing Day, in case you didn't know!) educates the general public and local government officials on relevant issues related to water supplies and water resources management in an entertaining animated style.

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The Real Story of Water

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Weekly Reading for June 20, 2012

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

Plain Talk from AWWA - The second edition of this new series answering commonly asked water supply questions.
Fifteen Hot Tips for a Cool Summer - A great list you can share with customers to help save energy and water during the warmer months of the year.
Types of Bacteria Used in Wastewater Treatment - Learn more about aerobic, anaerobic and facultative bacteria and how they do their important jobs in wastwater treatment.
How to Safely Dispose of Paint - Innovative reuse and recycling programs help project source waters from contamination.
USDA Implements Measures to Serve Tribal Lands - New initiative reduces barriers to loan and grant access for underserved trust areas.

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars

June 26 - WEF: Clean Water Isn't Free? Communicating about Rates
In this webinar you will learn how to view rate increases from the public’s viewpoint, communicate the value of water, explain the drivers of costs, prepare yourself for objections at public meetings, and discuss rate changes with elected officials and wholesale customers.

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

USEPA announces technical assistance provider selections
Technical assistance to small systems cooperative agreement selections are announced.

Stuff We Love: Bringing Veterans into the Workforce
New partnership to help veterans find careers as water and wastewater operators. 

Tabletop Exercise Give Insight into Emergency Response Planning
Emergency response tabletop exercises offer valuable information for small utilities.

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