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Newsletter #91 for August 21, 2012


Water hauler Carl Marion of Athens, Ill., pumps water from his 2,000 gallon water tank on the back of his truck into a campground well in Petersburg, Ill. Across the Midwest the drought is leaving many rural homes and businesses that rely on water wells dry. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

After months of record-breaking heat and drought, many rural Americans who rely on wells for water are getting an unwelcome surprise when they turn on their faucets: The tap has run dry.

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Upcoming Free Webinars

August 28 - Communicating with Public Officials
The speakers on this webcast will include an elected official and someone working in the water industry, who will both offer their perspectives and advice on the problems.

August 30 - Chlorine Safety for Systems Operations Specialists
This webinar covers key safety procedures on packaged chlorine handling for water and wastewater system operations specialists.

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Seek to understand why people care to improve how you communicate the risks or benefits of a water-related environmental issue.

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 is for AWWA members and volunteers, but it also demonstrates a fun way you can celebrate those who support your own organization. It is the perfect project for an intern!


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Weekly Reading for August 21, 2012

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

Family charged with embezzlement - Oklahoma water district is victim of embezzlement by manager and family.
City cuts against the grain for water rates - Texas town to cut fixed fee portion of rate to encourage conservation.
How Toronto is adapting to reality - Climate extremes force utilities large and small to look at coping methods.
Rural communities to lose funding - A new federal definition of "rural" puts federal funding for housing in jeopardy for 900 communities nationwide.
Alternative to security deposits - Bank drafts are increasingly popular among customers and are hugely efficient for the utility.
List of approved labs updated - The US EPA has updated a list of 47 laboratories approved to analyze for cryptosporidium.
10 things to share on social media - A list of ideas (with endless options) to help prompt your next post to Twitter or Facebook.


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