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Newsletter #133 for September 30, 2014

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New Flood Resilience Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

With a user-friendly layout, embedded videos, and flood maps to guide you, EPA's Flood Resilience Guide is your one-stop resource to know your flooding threat and identify practical mitigation options to protect your critical assets.

Click here to download.


Overview of the WINSSS Center

The WINSSS Center is one of two new centers that will help strengthen the technical, managerial, and financial capacities of drinking water providers throughout the country. Read the press release.

The Center will span the continuum of technology development from idea inception through technology acceptance to expedite implementation of new practice-oriented knowledge designed to enable small water systems to produce safe drinking water and operate in the most sustainable manner possible.

Focusing on the needs of small systems that make up 92% of all systems, the Center will:
* Conduct research
* Develop and demonstrate innovative and sustainable technologies
* Advance the state-of-the-art nationally and internationally
* Leverage modern data and information systems
* Foster interaction among technology developers, end-users, and other stakeholders
* Provide education, training and technical assistance
* Collaborate with local, regional (multi-state), and national water technology innovation efforts

Click here to view or download a poster that outlines the center's planned structure and activities.

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SmallWaterSupply.org Calendar

Upcoming Webinar

Water Loss Control
10am PDT on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Hosted by USEPA
Controlling loss can increase revenue and water supply, an especially effective strategy during times of drought and economic uncertainty. This webcast will bring together plant operators, utility management, engineering consultants, project developers, regulators, and academics interested in learning about tools to manage water loss, policies to facilitate program adoption, and successful case studies. | More Details

Want to find additional training opportunities for operators, including events in your area? Search the calendar.


Newsletter for Tribal Utility Community

In an effort to provide tribal operators with more specific resources and information, we deliver an additional newsletter with exclusive articles and news links relevant to issues in Indian Country. Tribal Utility News is delivered every other month.

See the most recent issue and click here to sign up.

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