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Newsletter #136 for November 25, 2014

Illinois Utilities: Free Water Loss Training

The Illinois EPA, through its Water Loss Accounting Program Steering Committee, is partnering with Illinois Rural Water Association (IRWA) and the Illinois Section-American Water Works Association (ISAWWA) to offer water utilities free one-day training workshops on "The Basics of Water Loss Control Auditing". The training workshops will be held at more than 35 locations statewide, conveniently scheduled over the next several months.

These training workshops will give utilities the information they need to conduct cost-effective, desktop audits using existing utility-specific records and American Water Works Association's (AWWA) free online software to get an overall picture of water losses. These audits have saved millions of dollars for those utilities that have implemented them.

Click here to view the schedule.

New York Utilities: Municipal Mini-grants for Asset Management Inventory Development

This call for proposals through the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center's (Syracuse EFC) mini-grant program is offered with support from United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD). The purpose of this mini-grant program is to provide municipalities with additional resources needed to fully conduct a water or wastewater Asset Management (AM) inventory.

Syracuse EFC seeks proposals that clearly define a need for such resources and indicate how the AM inventory will further the community’s development of a full Asset Management program. This mini-grant program is intended to provide support to rural municipalities in New York State.

Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 PM on January 16, 2015. Any questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to Brad DeFrees at badefree@syr.edu.

Download the RFP

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