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Newsletter #117 for July 15, 2013

PSAs Use Humor to Educate Homeowners

The National Environmental Service Center (NESC) has developed three, 30-second public service announcements for use by communities. The organization says that these outreach clips "communicate the message that sound operation and management practices keep your septic system operating effectively and keep our source water clean." Click here to watch and download the PSAs.

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

Combine your marketing budget (we know it's tiny) with your CCR budget to create an annual calendar that the public will love.

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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Recently at SmallWaterSupply.org

Web App Supports Everyday, Emergency Data Management
TA Provider in Ohio develops application and community around helping small systems use GIS data.

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Share This: Smart Irrigation Month

"July is Smart Irrigation Month. Click here for tips and helpful resources." Note: Water systems can access additional outreach resources here.

Share This is a new feature offering insightful resources to share with your customers and the public.


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 short video offers a preview of the RCAP GIS Viewer, a user-friendly web application for managing and using small system GIS data. Read our article to learn more.


New GIS View Web Application from Ohio RCAP


Weekly Reading for July 15, 2013

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

Rural Voters Worry Small Towns Are Dying - But a public-opinion poll shows that rural residents – especially younger ones – are generally optimistic about the future and willing to fight for their way of life.
Calculating Brake Horsepower - Distribution operators must be able to calculate the amount of horsepower their pumps are giving in certain conditions.
Native American Housing Gains More Federal Support - A number of Navajo Native Americans living in territories where home development was prohibited may now receive grant funding from the USDA.
Connecticut Water to Reduce Rates, Delay Next Rate Filing - Company to return benefit of recent IRS tax law change to its customers.

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Free Webinars

July 23 - RCAC: Board Basics - Basic Operations (AM & PM sessions!)
This workshop will familiarize board members and new managers with the basic workings of a public water system. Participants will learn and understand drinking water regulations, capacity development, water sources, water treatment facilities and water distribution systems, and financial responsibilities.

July 25 - RCAC: Board Basics - Strategic Planning (AM & PM sessions!)
This workshop will guide participants through the process of developing a strategic plan for their water system. Participants will learn how to keep their systems moving toward future goals rather than losing ground due to the inevitable changes in regulations and the cost of staying in compliance.

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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