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Newsletter #84 for July 3, 2012


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Colorado Rural Water System Insufficient for Fighting Wildfire

The Mancos Rural Water system in Southwest Colorado is feeling the effects of fire protection needs on top of drought conditions. Authorities ask residents not to water down homes and lawns. Town says infrastructure is inadequate for fire protection.

"The battle against a wildfire demands many resources. From manpower to equipment, the strength of the fight against a blaze is often measured by the amount of resources dedicated to the campaign.

But what happens when resources required to fight fire are already in short supply?"

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

Make it easy to be reached. Include a mailing address, phone number and email address in all correspondence with your customers (including email) as well as on your website, if you have one.

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


Video of the Week

In each week's newsletter, we highlight an excellent video worth watching. That video is also be featured on our home page during the week. Visit our archive for past features.

This week's featured video explains the proper procedures to sample for Total Coliform and E. coli bacteria, check chlorine residual, and ship to a lab.


How to Sample for E. coli


Weekly Reading for July 3, 2012

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

Tips for sound rate structures - Washington DOH shares basic but important concepts for setting realistic water rates.
FRWA assists Eastpoint after tropical storm - Florida Rural Water Association brings Florida system a generator during storm.
EPA identifies radon regulation options - Agency publishes report requested by Congress on options for setting a single radon standard.
25 ways to conserve water - Thanks to Missouri Rural Water for linking to this helpful article for homeowners.
Boil order in South Dakota town lifted - Town tests positive for E. coli, but all clear given after disinfection and flushing procedures completed.
Florida city saves big with unexpected treatment additivel - Clearwater uses flavored syrup to remove nitrate from wastewater.

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