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Newsletter #121 for October 3, 2013

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Recently at SmallWaterSupply.org

Salt Storage and Water Supply Protection
Download helpful guidance for proper road salt storage in your community.

Why Some Water Supply Wells are More Vulnerable (VIDEO)
USGS study helps communities understand why some wells get contaminated and others do not.

Mutual aid coordination crucial for emergency response success
WARNs can help utilities respond quickly to emergencies large and small.

Resources to Educate Homeowners about Proper Septic System Care
SepticSmart Week encourages homeowners to take action to ensure their septic systems are functioning properly.

Scholarship Opportunity for Illinois Operators and Students
Program provides financial assistance to Illinois students pursuing degrees or certifications related to the water industry.

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Revised Total Coliform Rule Quick Reference Guide

EPA revised the 1989 TCR on February 13, 2013 intended to improve public health protection and the implementation of the rule by States and public water systems. Public water systems and primacy agencies must comply with the requirements of the revised regulation by April 1, 2016. This new two-page guide provides an overview of the new requirements.
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Featured Video

This video is for the owners - board or other governing body - and staff of your wastewater system. It identifies ways that systems should prepare themselves for disasters and emergencies. Click here to watch the video and learn more.

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Upcoming Webinars

Scenario Planning to Support Decision Making
October 9, 2013 at 1pm EDT
Hosted by USEPA
Many utilities are thinking critically about how to best manage water resources and utility assets when future conditions are uncertain. This session will introduce scenario planning, a method that allows a flexible approach to strategic long-term planning and highlight examples from utility representatives that have used scenario planning.

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.


Opportunity for Illinois Operators and Students

The ISAWWA Safe Water Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students pursuing degrees or certifications related to the water industry. Our goal is to encourage more people to consider career paths in the water industry, which is critical to preserving public health and our most important natural resource – clean, safe drinking water. This year we distributed $3,500 in scholarships between four very deserving winners.

Applicants must be enrolled in or accepted into a water-related secondary, continuing education, or enrichment program for the 2014-2015 academic year (including summer term 2014) by the application deadline of January 31, 2014. Secondary education programs include water operator training programs as well as water-related technical school, community college, four-year college, masters, and doctoral programs. Examples of water-related fields of study include civil or environmental engineering, environmental science and policy, chemistry, biology, or hydrology.

NEW VIDEO: MAKE YOUR APPLICATION STAND OUT | Watch a video that outlines the scholarship application process and explain what judges look for in quality scholarship applications. Learn several easy ways to make a scholarship application stand out and see samples of high quality resumes and essays for reference. Click here to watch. (password: illinois395)

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

Don't forget that many people in your local government and community want to help, but don't know how. Take the lead and delegate tasks that extend your outreach mission.

Each week, we offer a quick tip to help you educate the public and communicate more effectively with local decision makers and customers.


Weekly Reading for October 3, 2013

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

Water Clerk Accused of Stealing $70,000 - A former water clerk from the southern Illinois community of Crainville is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars.
Debunking The Top 5 Myths Of Tank Repair - Read this to help keep costs down as you improve the condition and lifespan of your tanks.
Associations Help Reduce Burden on U.S. Wastewater Systems - Improper disposal of non-flushables leads to expensive clogging issues for utilities.
How To Plug The 'Brain Drain' - The water sector is bracing for a loss of knowledge and expertise when the baby boomers retire.
New group: 10,000 Friends of Rural America - Rural America is everyone's fresh air and clean water. And it is key to fueling our nation and feeding the world.
The Challenge of Getting Online - If you don't have a website, you might not need one at all. (Editor's Note: We blogged about this two years ago.)


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