AWWA Hosts Free Webinar Under Competitive Award from EPA

As part of the latest round of competitive awards made by EPA in support of training and technical assistance, AWWA is hosting a no-cost webinar Aging Infrastructure: What is it and What to do About it?  to consider issues pertaining to assessing and managing aging infrastructure.

DATE:  Thursday, November 13

TIME:   1:30-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Click this link

What is “aging infrastructure” and how do you know if its a problem?  Once you understand the nature of aging infrastructure, the next step is do decide what to do about it?

This webinar is the first in a two-part series on aging infrastructure and will define aging infrastructure, help attendees identify it, and describe tools such as asset management to address infrastructure problems.  Part two will focus on water loss caused by aging distribution piping.

This event is made available through a US Environmental Protection Agency Grant and AWWA’s training partner, the Environmental Finance Center Network.

For more information, please contact Khris Dodson at 315-443-8818 orkdodson@syracusecoe.org

NEWWA Posts Board & Commissioner Training Guide

The New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) has been working with EPA Region1 and the New England States to devise a resource guide and online training course to capture the essential components of water management for utility Boards and Commissions.  The intent is to “…give board members a basic understanding of everything from running a board meeting, to setting water rates and working closely with the water operator.”  More specifically, the target audience would be those “…citizen volunteers with little or no prior knowledge of running a water system…” but who find themselves responsible for making critical decisions that affect their community.

This link http://www.newwa.org/Resources/UtilityResources/OtherResources.aspx will take you to the Guide and the online training program.

EPA Water Research Webinar on Small Drinking Water Systems

Join EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) on October 29 to learn more about new and ongoing research initiatives applicable to small drinking water systems.  To help state and local officials as they strive to ensure that these systems meet compliance requirements; this webinar will share information on treatment alternatives, regulations, health implications, and emerging contaminants.

DATE:              Wednesday, October 29

TIME:               Noon-1:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-water-research-webinar-research-helps-small-drinking-water-systems-delivery-high-quality-tickets-13605375043

Space is limited so please register today!

Questions?  Contact Michelle Latham of EPA-ORD (Latham.Michelle@epa.gov)

ASDWA Posts Two NonCommunity Water System Webinars

The state-EPA NonCommunity Water System workgroup met throughout 2013 and 2014 to consider how best to focus on problems and solutions that pertain to this drinking water subset of systems.  The workgroup agreed that best practices across a number of topics lent themselves to a webinar format.  This would allow the greatest number of interested parties to learn what states have been doing in support of noncommunity systems.  Two webinars on this topic have now been posted on ASDWA’s web site:

May 5, 2014: “Non-Community Water System Webinar” This webinar presents the findings and recommendations of the Non-Community Water System Workgroup, and includes a presentation by the state of Maine regarding their outreach program to NCWSs, and a presentation by the state of Ohio describing their enforcement and compliance program for NCWSs.

August 19, 2014: “Getting Non-Community Water Systems Ready for the Revised Total Coliform Rule”This webinar includes presentations on a range of subjects: Wisconsin’s plan to support non-community system compliance with the RTCR; RTCR implementation in New Hampshire; Utah’s “institutional grouping” approach for outreach to NCWSs (Forest Service facilities, versus churches, versus restaurants, etc.), as well as the state’s program of providing critical information to seasonal systems to make sure they properly understand and comply with start-up and other requirements; and an introduction to outreach materials being developed by EPA to assist states in preparing small water systems for their responsibilities under the RTCR.

More webinars are planned for later in the year.  Meanwhile, you can access the recordings by clicking this link:  www.asdwa.org/noncommunitysystems

TED Talk Focuses on the Value of Water

Many of you know and have worked with Heather Himmelberger of the Southwest Environmental Finance Center.  She was recently invited to give a “TED Talk” on the subject of drinking water and its value to a community.  Heather does a terrific job of making the case for drinking water quality and infrastructure needs and does it in less than 10 minutes!  You can view Heather’s talk here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWkULLlQQuk.

For those of you not familiar with TED Talks, here’s what their website has to say…”TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 at a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.”

ASDWA encourages you to take a few minutes to view and listen to Heather’s talk…it’s well worth your time!

EPA Publishes New Flood Resilience Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

EPA’s Water Security Division is pleased to announce the release of their newest tool called Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities. Drinking water and wastewater utilities are particularly vulnerable to flooding, which can damage pumps, disconnect chemical tanks, break distribution lines and disrupt power supplies. Targeted to small and medium utilities, the Flood Resilience Guide outlines a simple, 4-step assessment process to help any water utility understand their flooding threat and identify practical mitigation options to protect their critical assets. With a user-friendly layout, the Guide provides worksheets, instructional videos, and flood maps to help utilities through the process. For outreach to the water sector, EPA has partnered with Rural Water organizations in several states to co-present training on flood resilience.  EPA also intends to conduct a national webinar to further promote the Flood Resilience Guide. You can download the tool from EPA’s website at water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity.

via EPA Publishes New Flood Resilience Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities.

EPA’s WaterSense Program Hosts Water Loss Webinar

Through its Fix a Leak Week campaign, WaterSense is focused on reducing water waste due to leaks on the customer’s side of the meter. But billions of gallons of water are also lost every year on the utility side of the meter. Join EPA for a free water loss control webinar that will review effective tools, policies, and programs. We’ll discuss free software utilities can use to manage water loss; review policies that local and state governments can implement to encourage program adoption; and hear about the successful water loss control efforts of two utilities: the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) in California and the Water and Wastewater Authority of Wilson County (WWAWC) in Tennessee.

DATE:    Wednesday, October 15

TIME:     1:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Click this link register today

The webinar will feature Kate Gasner from Water Systems Optimization, Danielle Gallet from the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Penny Falcon from LADWP, and Chris Leauber from WWAWC. Join this event to get the latest on water loss control and find ways to save water, energy, and money by managing your “real” and “apparent” losses.

If you have any questions regarding WaterSense webinars, please contact the WaterSense Helpline at watersense@epa.gov or 866-WTR-SENS (987-7367).

EPA Publishes Interim Final RTCR Assessments & Corrective Action Guidance

EPA has released the Interim Final version of the Revised Total Coliform Rule Assessments and Corrective Actions Guidance Manual.  The guidance manual is available online at http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/tcr/regulation_revisions.cfm.

The guidance manual provides public water systems and primacy agencies with guidance on complying with and implementing the assessment and corrective action requirements of the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR).  Under the RTCR, public water systems that are vulnerable to microbial contamination in the distribution system (as indicated by their monitoring results for total coliforms and E. coli) are required to assess the problem and take corrective action that may reduce cases of illnesses and deaths due to potential fecal contamination and waterborne pathogen exposure.  The guidance manual provides information on the common causes of total coliform and E. coli occurrence in the distribution system, how to conduct assessments to identify possible causes of contamination (“sanitary defects”), and corresponding corrective actions that systems can take to correct the problem.

You are encouraged to share this with appropriate staff in your office.  Just FYI, “Interim Final” essentially means that this is the final guidance wording but they could still make changes if they decide later that something needs to be changed.

Have a Good Story to Share? Let AWWA Know

[Editor’s Note:  Although the official AWWA deadline is tomorrow, they are willing to extend the timeframe if you have a great idea, program, technique, or experience to share.  Just let them know ASAP.]

AWWA is drafting their 2015 Webinar Program.  Webinars are a great way to reach a broad range of your peers across the nation on topics that matterContact Lindsey Geiger (lgeiger@awwa.org) today if you would like a proposal form.

The 2015 lineup will highlight areas of critical interest, including:

  • Utility Management and Finances
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Water Quality and Treatment
  • Workforce Strategies
  • Infrastructure Replacement and Renewal
  • Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Distribution and Plant Operations
  • Water Loss
  • Communicating the Value of Water
  • Wastewater
  • Reuse
  • Stormwater
  • Water Resources
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Small Systems

Please share your good efforts – we all benefit from learning what our peers are doing!

EPA to Host Moving Toward Sustainability Webinar

Earlier this year, EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management (OWM) released a report titled Moving Toward Sustainability:  Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Water Utility Roadmap.  Based in the principles of Effective Utility Management (EUM), this document outlines a path for water and wastewater utilities to take in an effort to both enhance their business practices and maintain compliance with all appropriate regulatory requirements.

On October 30, EPA is hosting the first in a series of webinars to explain this approach and highlight utility-based success stories.

DATE:  October 30, 2014

TIME:   12:30-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/608935640

This event will cover:

 Overview of Moving Toward Sustainability: Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Water Utility Roadmap:  Jim Horne, U.S. EPA

 Community Sustainability:  Sue Hann, City Manager – Palm Bay Florida  and Andy Kricun, Camden County Municipal Utility Authority

Future webinars are scheduled for March, May, and June 2015.  They will cover topics such as financial sustainability, utility business planning, water resource adequacy, performance management & continual improvement, employee & leadership development, and operational resiliency.  You may download the Moving Toward Sustainability document and learn more about Effective Utility Management at http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/sustain/sustainable_systems.cfm