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Newsletter #111 for March 29, 2013


Operator to Operator: Water Mixers to Lower HAAs

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"I am seeking any input from operators who have experience with water mixing systems (SolarBee, Pax, TideFlex, Tap-App, etc). Our system services 84 homes. Water age and stratification is an issue. Why did you install a mixer? Which one did you go with and how is it doing?"

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Financing Workshops in Illinois & Nationwide

The Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) received a grant from the EPA to provide workshops to small water systems (serving 10,000 customers or less) across the United States on finance and management topics. In Illinois, they will deliver two trainings in April.
* April 9 - Marion, IL
* April 10 - LaSalle, IL

Click here for other upcoming EFC Network trainings or browse our event calendar.

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

Make use of abundant age-appropriate resources when sharing what you know and what you do with kids and school groups.

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 newsletter, we highlight an excellent video worth watching. That video is also featured on our home page. Visit our archive for past features.

This video, a conference presentation recording, shares results from a study in Canada on the unintended consequences of regulations on rural operators.


Unintended Consequences of Regulation on Rural Water Operators


Weekly Reading for March 29, 2013

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

March Tribal Utility News - Did you miss our tribal water issues newsletter last week. You can still read it online.
World Water Day - Last week's 20th annual event raises awareness of water crisis here in the US.
Why Pilot Test Before Installing Treatment - This white paper offers a brief outline of issues you must consider when purchasing new treatment and share why pilot-scale testing is important.
Senate Committee Approves WIFIA - New water infrastructure one step mechanism closer to becoming law.
Oregon gives tribes top claims to water - State regulators decided that tribes have right to much of Klamath Basin water.

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars

April 10 - WEF: Optimizing Clarifier Design and Performance
Topics include a review of design standards and EPA manual procedures, flow control and effects of various unit processes on performance, a discussion of clarifier configurations and components, and determining or verifying loading rates.

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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