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Newsletter #134 for October 21, 2014

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Report: U.S. Water Systems, Deteriorated and Slow to Change, Need New Strategy – And Money

Reported by Circle of Blue...

"A striking new report – arguably the most thorough and candid assessment of the condition of America’s largely publicly owned water-transport, -supply, and -treatment industry – from the Johnson Foundation asserts that U.S. cities and their residents could face water cuts and unreliable service if utilities do not modernize and reinvest."

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EPA Makes Preliminary Determination to Regulate Strontium in Drinking Water

From EPA's press release...

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made a preliminary determination to regulate strontium in the nation's drinking water. Strontium is a naturally occurring element that, at elevated levels, can impact bone strength in people who do not consume enough calcium.

A regulatory determination is a formal decision on whether EPA should initiate a rulemaking process to regulate a specific contaminant. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires that every five years, EPA develop a contaminant candidate list and then make a regulatory determination for at least five contaminants on the list."

EPA will evaluate public feedback following a 60-day public comment period and determine whether to issue a final determination to regulate strontium. For more information, please visit: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/drinkingwater/dws/ccl/ccl3.cfm

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Upcoming Webinar

Research Helps Small Drinking Water Systems Deliver High Quality Drinking Water
12pm EDT on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Hosted by USEPA
State and local officials across the Nation are faced with the challenges of effectively communicating information and overseeing training for small system owners and operators with a wide range of expertise, skills, and preferences for modes of communication. To ensure these systems are in compliance with regulations enforced by EPA under the Safe Drinking Water Act, these officials need to stay up-to-date on treatment alternatives, regulations, health implications, and emerging contaminants. By providing information, training, and technical assistance, EPA is committed to helping state and local governments, as well as small system personnel, in their efforts to deliver high quality drinking water. This webinar will provide an overview of EPA’s small systems research and outreach to communities. | More Details

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


AWWA to Deliver Training to Small Systems with RCAP, EFCN

Under the same round of funding that supports SmallWaterSupply.org, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) will deliver technical, managerial, and financial training to small systems in conjunction with their own state/regional sections, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP, our partner), and the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN).

The program includes in-person training, eLearning courses, and webinars on regulations, operations, and utility management topics. Preliminary information and upcoming dates are being posted on this page at AWWA. You may also contact Kami Johle Butt (303.347.6234, kbutt@awwa.org) for assistance or further details.


Featured Video: Making the Case for Tap Water

TEDx events are independently-organized TED-like conferences to help communities spark conversation and connection. Heather Himmelberger, director of the Southwest Environmental Finance Center, recently delivered an effective talk on the value of drinking water at TEDxABQ.

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