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Newsletter #122 for October 24, 2013

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Recently at SmallWaterSupply.org

Boosting resiliency offers short and long term benefits (VIDEO)
Discover a tool that can help you prepare for service interruptions in the near and distant future.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is October 26
Help your community dispose of pharmaceuticals properly at this upcoming event.

Appropriate Rate Structures for Small Systems (VIDEO)
This 90-minute video training helps financial decision makers for small water systems learn about rate-setting choices and best practices.


Frequent Questions about New Lead-Free Law

In anticipation of changes taking effect from the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, EPA is providing the following summary of the requirements of the lead ban provisions in Section 1417 and some answers to frequently asked questions related to the amendments to assist manufacturers, retailers, plumbers and consumers in understanding the changes to the law.
* Click here to read more.


Featured Video

This video presents to those in small, rural communities who are responsible for managing and overseeing wastewater treatment systems - boards or other governing bodies, staff and decision-makers - opportunities for saving on energy costs (many opportunities in the video also apply to drinking water facilities). The video helps these leaders find and start implementing ways to make energy use at their facilities more efficient. Click here to watch the video and learn more.

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Energy Efficiency at Wastewater Treatment Facilities

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Upcoming Webinars

Collection Systems: Optimize System Operations
November 6, 2013 at 1pm EDT
Hosted by WEF
Topics discussed include concepts of optimizing system operations, benefits of optimizing systems, and what is needed to optimize a system.

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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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 24, 2013

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

New guidance to protect America's water - A new ASDWA-endorsed report indicates the investment in forests is one key to long-term source water protection.
Troubleshooting a pH electrode - While this is for a specific brand of products, the flow chart would be handy for any pH electrode that is giving you problems.
EPA Recognizes Utility as WaterSense® Partner of the Year - Georgia utility honored for promoting water efficiency to the public.
House passes $8.2 billion water projects bill - Bill maps out plans for dams, harbor, river navigation and other water projects for the coming decade.
Amazing properties of water - This is a just-for-fun video that can serve as a teaching tool on the value of water in our everyday lives.


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