Effective Utility Management (EUM) App Overview and Use – Part 2 of 3 

NRWA is providing EUM training using the Workshop in a Box with the Rural and Small Systems Guidebook to Sustainable Utility Management. The training targets the staff and management of small and rural water/wastewater systems.

On April 23, NRWA is hosting the second of a three part webinar series on EUM and tools to help small systems improve their performance.  There is no cost to participate in this event.  The focus areas for Part 2 are Employee & Leadership Development, Financial Viability, and Operational Optimization.

DATE:  Thursday, April 23, 2015

TIME:   3:00-4:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Click  http://nrwa.webex.com and sign up today.

** NOTE:  The registration link has been corrected from the earlier message.

EFCN Hosts Key Financial Indicators Webinar

On April 14, ASDWA participated in a webinar about Key Financial Indicators for water systems.  The hour long web event was hosted by the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) as part of their training and outreach work under EPA’s competitive award process. This particular webinar was facilitated by the EFC at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

If you were not able to participate in the event but really need to know the basics of sound financial management – we have some good news for you.  As part of the webinar, EFCN referenced a tool provided by the Water Research Foundation called “Water Clips” that explained financial benchmarking for water utilities.  This 11 minute video is the financial management equivalent of (depending on how old you are) the old Classic Comics version of Ivanhoe or the Cliff Notes summary of War and Peace or, for those of you much younger than I am, a Wikipedia description of almost anything.  The content is excellent, the explanations are clear, and the graphics are very helpful.

Want to see for yourself?  Click this link http://brainshark.com/waterrf/vu?pi=zHlz12VdoczK6Ecz0.  For more details, the EFCN webinar recording should be available for viewing in the near future.  Check here http://www.efc.sog.unc.edu/ for more information.

CUPSS Training Webinar Series

Our Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) colleagues at EPA are planning three CUPSS training events for those new to the program as well as those hoping for a refresher on the latest and greatest CUPSS training techniques.  Read below for more information and to register.

These three sessions (two hours each, one week apart) will consist of comprehensive training on how to use the Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) software to implement asset management practices at small water and wastewater systems. Each session will contain an overview of a CUPSS module, followed by live demonstrations. Participants will receive a CUPSS Trainers Certificate and will be included in the CUPSS Trainers Directory

SESSION 1: Setting up CUPSS and My Inventory

DATE:     April 30, 2015,

TIME:      1:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER: http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=1721&evt=cupss43015

http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=1721&evt=cupss43015

 

SESSION 2: My O&M and My Finances

DATE:     May 7, 2015

TIME:      1:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER: http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=1725&evt=cupss50715

SESSION 3: My CUPSS Plan, Advanced Features, and Tips for Trainers

DATE:     May 14, 2015

TIME:      1:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=1726&evt=cupss51415 

Have a question?  Need more information about CUPSS?  Go to www.epa.gov/cupss

Understanding End Water Quality in Hospitals and Other Large Buildings

As part of its monthly web series on small systems issues, EPA’s Office of Research & Development invites you to attend a one hour web event on Legionella.

DATE:  Tuesday, April 28, 2015

TIME:   2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2867776279925225729

This webinar will focus in two areas:

  •  Use and effectiveness of various available technologies for the treatment and control of Legionella

This discussion will provide a brief overview of EPA’s draft “Legionella Current Knowledge on Treatment Technologies” which will characterize the current body of knowledge regarding the use and effectiveness of various available technologies.  The document could assist primacy agencies, affected facilities, and system operators in their decision making process.

  • Water quality issues in large buildings and emerging treatment technologies for premise plumbing-related pathogens

This discussion focuses on the latest data for waterborne disease which indicates that premise plumbing-related outbreaks are increasing across the US.  The goal is to provide information to building owners on how water quality changes as it moves through complex premise plumbing systems.

More information about this web training can be found at the registration web link noted above.

UPCOMING EFCN WEBINARS FOR SMALL WATER SYSTEMS

 

 

Our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) are hosting three more no cost webinars that should be of great interest to small systems as they strive to improve their financial and managerial capabilities.  These events are part of the EPA Competitive award to EFCN to provide training and assistance to small systems.

 Is Your Water System Financially Healthy? Key Financial Indicators

DATE:  April 14, 2015

TIME:   1:30-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Click this link Register

This webinar will discuss and examine the key financial indicators that allow small systems to make informed decisions in planning and investment. The webinar will include training on how to calculate and interpret your system’s operating ratio, debt service coverage ratio, current ratio, and days of cash on hand. The webinar will also discuss how funders use these numbers in deciding whether or not to loan your system money needed for capital improvements.

In this webinar you will:

  • better understand your system’s operating ratio, debt service, coverage ratio, current ratio, and days of cash on hand;
  • understand your costs and revenues; and
  • learn how to move from “paycheck to paycheck” to longer term planning

Asset Management IQ: How much do you know about AM tools and resources?

DATE:  April 16, 2015

TIME:   1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Click this link Register

This interactive webinar will include an overview of Asset Management core principles and community/organization level of engagement with Asset Management. There are many tools and resources that communities can use as they move through the process of developing an Asset Management plan. This webinar will also provide an overview of available tools and resources

Developing and Financing a Capital Plan for a Water System   

DATE:  May 5, 2015

TIME:   1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Click this link Register

No description provided as of this posting.

Some of these events offer Continuing Education Credits.  However, individuals must contact their state drinking water programs to determine if the credits are available in their state.

AWWA & EFCN Partner on Small System Webinars

As part of the EPA Competitive Assistance Award process, AWWA and the Environmental Finance Center Network are partnering to offer the following no-cost web trainings designed specifically to meet the needs of small water systems.  You do not need to be an AWWA member to participate – but you must register in advance for each event.

April 14, 2015 | 1:30–2:30PM (eastern)

Key Financial Indicators

Is your water system financially healthy? This webinar will discuss and examine the key financial indicators that allow small systems to make informed decisions in planning and investment. The webinar will include training on how to calculate and interpret your system’s operating ratio, debt service coverage ratio, current ratio, and days of cash on hand. The webinar will also discuss how funders use these numbers in deciding whether or not to loan your system money needed for capital improvements.

Attending this webinar will help you to:

  • Better understand your system’s operating ratio, debt service, coverage ratio, current ratio, and days of cash on hand
  • Understand your costs and revenues
  • Move from “paycheck to paycheck” to longer term planning

Click here to register for this event.

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April 16, 2015 | 1:00–2:00PM (eastern)

Asset Management IQ: How much do you know about AM tools and resources?

This interactive webinar will include an overview of Asset Management core principles and community/organization level of engagement with Asset Management. There are many tools and resources that communities can use as they move through the process of developing an Asset Management plan. This webinar will also provide an overview of available tools and resources.

Attending this webinar will help you to:

  • Understand the concepts and practices of Asset Management
  • Gauge system-wide level of understanding and engagement in Asset Management planning
  • Understand how to conduct asset management using simple and complex tools
  • Be presented with a breadth and depth of resources that support community asset management efforts

Click here to register for this event

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Please direct any webinar-specific questions to Khris Dodson at kdodson@syracusecoe.org.

Please direct all other small system training questions to Kami Johle Butt at kbutt@awwa.org.

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In-Person Workshops

These training partners are also offering several in-person training opportunities for small systems:

  • Oregon, Financial Management Workshop, April 8, 2015
  • Louisiana, Asset Management and Water Loss Workshop, April 14, 2015
  • Rhode Island, Management and Finance Tools and Techniques, April 14, 2015
  • New Jersey, Small System Operator Training: Achieve and Maintain Compliance with SDWA, April 14 and April 21, 2015 (Two half day workshop)

Click 2015 Workshops for more information about these and other no-cost small system workshops sponsored by these training partners.

NRWA to Host Effective Utility Management App Overview and Use Webinar Series

On April 16, our colleagues at the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) will be hosting the first of a three part webinar series on using their Effective Utility Management (EUM) App.  Part I looks at a general overview of the App and how it can be used.

DATE:  April 16, 2015

TIME:   3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Register NOW

NRWA will show how to use the EUM app as part of the training for EPA’s Workshop in a Box coupled with the Rural and Small Systems Guidebook to Sustainable Utility Management. The training targets the staff and management of small and rural water/wastewater systems.  The EUM app is designed for utilities to complete a self-assessment of the 10 EUM Key Management Areas and receive immediate feedback on how their score compares to well run systems. The feedback lets the system set benchmarks on reaching goals appropriate for their utility.

Check It Out – Water Utility Response On-the-Go Mobile Website

EPA has launched the Water Utility Response On-The-Go mobile website, an innovative tool that consolidates, and makes accessible from the field, information and tools that water utility operators and their response partners may need during an emergency.  This tool is ideal for small systems that often don’t have a large support network in place when damaging storms, fires, tornadoes, or earthquakes strike.

The site allows users to: identify and contact emergency response partners; monitor local and national severe weather conditions; review and complete incident-specific checklists; and populate, save and email both generic damage assessment forms and FEMA incident command system forms.   You can download the Water Utility Response On-the-Go Mobile Website at epa.gov/responseotg .

For more information/questions about this tool, please contact Bailey Kennett (202-566-1344) or Brian Pickard (202-564-0827) at EPA’s Water Security Division.

Take the WWEMA Water Challenge

Our colleagues at the Water and Wastewater Equipment Managers Association (WWEMA) have issued a water challenge.  According to their website, the WWEMA Water Challenge is a fun way to show just how much we rely on clean, safe water in our everyday lives.

Between now and April 18, WWEMA is challenging federal, state, and local legislators, community leaders and concerned citizens to “turn off your tap” – whether literally or figuratively for a few hours or a few days – to discover what health, hygienic, and convenience challenges you face without easy access to water.  And, yes, toilets count, too. So do dishwashers, laundry, food prep … you get the idea!

WWEMA wants you to Tweet, post on Facebook, and otherwise share your experiences with the world. Their goal is 5,000 Tweets. So please be sure to use the #NoWater hashtag!

By taking the Challenge, you’ll help raise awareness of how much we all rely on water, and how important it is to ensure our communities have access to water now and into the future.

As our WWEMA colleagues note, we need to invest now in water to protect our future…but because we tend to take water for granted, it can be hard to get support for adequate funding for this vital resource. Just because those pipes are underground, doesn’t mean we can afford to let them be “out of sight, out of mind”!

Thanks for taking the Challenge.  Check back here http://www.wwema.org/wwema_water_challenge.php throughout the next few weeks to monitor our progress. You just might see one of your Tweets quoted here!

REVIEW DRAFT AVAILABLE – Small Systems RTCR Guide

EPA has published a draft of the proposed guidance manual for the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) and invites your review and comment.  This guidance manual is intended for use by small public water systems, specifically those serving 1,000 or fewer persons. Because of the significance of the RTCR to small systems and the special provisions that apply to systems serving less than 1,000 people, this will be an importance guidance document and can certainly benefit from state input.

Please note that there is a special email address for your comments (RTCRguidance@cadmusgroup.com) and comments are due April 30.  EPA is also asking that multiple reviewers from the same entity combine and/or consolidate their comments into a single submission.

The document is divided into three major parts: Parts A, B and C.  Part A, The Revised Total Coliform Rule At A Glance, gives concise information about the requirements of the RTCR and is intended for quick reference.  Part B, The Revised Total Coliform Rule In Detail, presents greater detail on the requirements of the RTCR to provide a deeper understanding of the rule. Part C, Compliance Checklist, provides a checklist to help water systems determine their compliance with the rule.  Each part is designed as a stand-alone document and can be used separately.

Click the link below to view the guidance.

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