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Newsletter #105 for December 20, 2012

Total Coliform Rule Revisions Finalized

The Revised Total Coliform Rule was signed today by Lisa Jackson, the U.S. EPA Administrator. These updates to the 1989 Total Coliform Rule require public water systems that are vulnerable to microbial contamination to identify and fix problems. The updates also establish criteria for public water systems to qualify for and stay on reduced monitoring, which could reduce water system burden and provide incentives for better system operation. Public water systems must comply with the requirements beginning April 1, 2016. Click here to read a fact sheet about the changes.

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Small Talk: Outreach Tip of the Week

Use quieter times of the year, like early January, to meet with community groups and local government staff members to coordinate and plan future outreach activities.

Each week, we offer 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 featured on our home page during the week. Visit our archive for past features.

This video from the American Water Works Association explains how water systems should sample to meet requirements of the Lead and Copper Rule.

AWWA Lead and Copper Sampling Video.mp4 - YouTube

Lead and Copper Sampling


Weekly Reading for December 20, 2012

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

Shifting Without Datum Documentation - A reminder to always record the datum when using GPS devices to record locations.
Optimization Basics - Read a couple of examples that can help you begin to think about ways to enhance the performance of your water or wastewater plant.
Study Backs Area's Need for Pipeline - Air Force study may help bring funding for infrastructure improvements in rural areas of eastern New Mexico.
An Online Tool for Calculating Flood Risk - New website helps businesses and homeowners better understand their chance of experiencing a devastating flood.
Disputes Over Bottled Water Sources - Chicago-based businesses file complaint against bottled water provider for not being sufficiently transparent about municipal source.
Colorado River won’t meet needs of users, 50-year report finds - New report raises concerns about meeting future needs of city-dwellers, Native Americans, businesses, farmers in seven Western states.
Hurricanes and Hashtags - Article in latest Rural Water magazine looks at disaster response in the age of social media.

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January 9 - WEF: Data Quality and Validation Part 2
The goal of this webcast series is to emphasize the importance of sound data for planning purposes at wastewater treatment plants, particularly those that are faced with upcoming effluent nutrient regulations, or stricter regulations.

January 22 - RCAC: Basic Operations for Board Members
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.

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