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Newsletter #120 for September 20, 2013

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Recently at SmallWaterSupply.org

New Enforcement Program Raises Stake for Systems
Ohio EPA tackles prevalence of monitoring violations with new penalty.

New Multimedia Resources for Wastewater Systems
New videos from RCAP educate operators, local decision makers, and the public about wastewater.


Featured Video

This video was produced to help decision-makers understand what an operator does on a daily basis. Click here to watch the video and learn more.

The Importance of an Operator in a Community’s Water Systems  VIDEO    SmallWaterSupply.org   Blog
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Upcoming Webinars

Board Basics: Safe Drinking Water Act
September 24, 2013 at 10am & 2pm PDT
Hosted by RCAC
This workshop will teach operators, managers and board members how and why these regulations exist. Participants will learn and understand what the SDWA is, how the SDWA was developed, how the SDWA is updated, how to adhere to the SDWA, and why state and county health departments enforce these regulations.

Water Use Efficiency
September 25, 2013 at 10am & 2pm PDT
Hosted by RCAC
This workshop will give you the information and resources on how to develop a successful program that fits your small water system. We will discuss methods for controlling water losses in the system and wise water use among 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.


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.

MAKE YOUR APPLICATION STAND OUT | ISAWWA is hosting a webcast on Tuesday, 9/24/2013 from 2:00-3:00pm, to outline the scholarship application process and explain what judges look for in quality scholarship applications. We’ll discuss several easy ways to make a scholarship application stand out, and provide samples of high quality resumes and essays for reference. The webcast is free but registration is required. Click here to register.

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

When getting started communicating online, pick one platform and do it well. Consistency in a single effort will be far more effective than trying to be everywhere.

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 September 20, 2013

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

Rare brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana water system - Following the death of a child, state officials say tests by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirm the presence of the rare amoeba Naegleria fowleri in the St. Bernard Parish water system.
Asset Management: 12 Steps To Getting Started - CH2M HILL developed a series of blog posts devoted to the ins and outs of asset management, sharing best practices and diving deep into the individual components of the fast-growing trend.
Tribal PWS ordered to address arsenic in water - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week ordered D&D Mobile Home Park, located on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian Reservation in Riverside County, to address violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
‘Flushable’ personal wipes clogging sewer systems, utilities say - In the DC area more than 500 man-hours have been devoted over the past 12 months to removing stuck wipes and repairing broken equipment.
Settlement aids small community's water and sewer problems - A consent decree will facilitate transfer of the system to larger community and will require it to take measures to bring the system into compliance.


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