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Newsletter #85 for July 10, 2012


Dry Weather Measures in Order for Many Areas

We received this reminder from the Missouri Rural Water Association and wanted to pass it along:

"Public drinking water systems are experiencing water levels in wells and lakes lowering obviously due to the extent of dry weather and intense heat. We encourage you to check well drawdown and static water levels and check intake levels from surface water sources. Likewise, you may consider implementing water conservation measures."

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

Every season brings unique challenges for your customers and their water. From conservation measures in the summer to freezing pipes in the winter, make sure you're giving customers information they need to make the right decisions.

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 from USDA offers conservation suggestions for farmers who irrigate their land.


Saving Water in Dry Areas


Weekly Reading for July 10, 2012

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

Time to "Change the Baby" - A great eye-opening essay on basic housekeeping we often overlook out of complacency and blindness to it.
Drought conditions break record - More than half US states facing moderate to extreme drought this summer.
AWWA Video Contest Winners Announced - This year's themes were celebratory videos that showed us how they celebrated Drinking Water Week OR educational videos that touched on an important aspect of tap water. See all 11 entries.
Cyber Attacks on Critical Infrastructure Up 383% in 2011 - 198 incidents reported to DHS.

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Free Webinars This Week

July 10 - NRWA: Ice Pigging: Using Ice to Clean Pipes
This webinar describes a new sustainable technique for cleaning the potable water distribution system using slush ice called Ice Pigging.

July 11 - WEF: Fundamentals of Membrane Bioreactors Part 3: Activated Sludge
This webinar will present considerations for facility design and construction of MBRs including system configuration and layout, equipment and materials.

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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