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Newsletter #130 for July 31, 2014

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Free Water Security Booklet from EPA

EPA's water security program has developed a wide range of tools to help systems of all sizes. Their tools all support one or more of the "10 Key Features of an Active & Effective Water Security Program", which you may recall from our previous featured video. Below we've listed the 10 key features:

1. Integrate protective concepts into organizational culture, leadership, and daily operations.
2. Identify and support protective program priorities, resources, and measures.
3. Employ protocols for detection of contamination.
4. Assess risks and review vulnerability assessments.
5. Establish facility and information access controls.
6. Incorporate resiliency concepts into physical infrastructure.
7. Prepare, test and update emergency response, recovery and business continuity plans.
8. Form partnerships with peers and interdependent sectors.
9. Develop and implement internal and external communication strategies.
10. Monitor incidents and threat level information.

With so much information available, it can be difficult to know where to begin. This booklet from EPA provides a great starting point for self-assessment and planning the most-needed next steps. Note: It is designed to be printed double-sided, folded, and stapled down the middle.

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Protect Your Groundwater Day is September 9th

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Reading Selections

Why Utilities Shy from Mandatory Water Saving During a Drought - If the current drought is so bad, why wouldn’t all water utilities mandate additional water conservation?

Recycled Water Now on Tap - The city of Wichita Falls saves 5 million gallons of water per day by combining treated wastewater effluent and lake water for the public drinking supply.

$10 Billion Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund Announced - The fund is intended to attract private capital to finance rural infrastructure projects and is seeded with a $10 billion commitment from CoBank.

Causes and Cures of Distribution System Corrosion - A corrosion control program allows a distribution system to last longer and operate more efficiently. (via KYDEP)

Hundreds in Detroit Protest Over Move to Shut Off Water - City’s Water Department to force tens of thousands of delinquent customers to pay up or face a cutoff in service.

And from our own archives...

State Survey Looks at Disciplinary Actions
New Enforcement Programs Raises Stakes for Systems
Washington State is Changing How They Do Business

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As of September 2013, 73% of online adults use social networking sites. This video from Network for Good offers actionable tips that go beyond the latest fad to help your organization excel (and have fun) with social media.

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