Webinar on Veterans:  An Untapped Resource for the Water Sector

Our colleagues at the American Water Works Association are hosting a webinar on May 27th  to discuss how veterans can help to ease the Water Sector’s impending workforce crisis.  If you are an AWWA member, you may participate at no cost.  Nonmembers will be charged $120.

The workforce crisis that’s been looming over the water sector for several years is finally upon us.  Water sector personnel with many years’ experience and knowledge are retiring in large numbers and must be replaced with dependable, competent workers.  Veterans and Service members getting ready to end their military service are great sources of qualified candidates.  Unfortunately, not only do they have a hard time finding us, we often do not know how to tap this market.  Veterans can ease the workforce crisis.  And, by employing Veterans, we are providing rewarding careers for soldiers who are returning to civilian life. This webinar will point to the proper course for locating and attracting these excellent candidates.  The speakers will be as follows:

  • Katie McCain – Chair, Veterans’ Workforce Initiative
  • Angela Wilcher – National Employment Coordinator, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Cynthia Rosas – Program Specialist/Veterans Education, Texas Veterans Commission
  • Col. Robert B. Hensley – Director, Central US Region Soldier For Life, US Army, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army

DATE:    May 27, 2015

TIME:    1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

TO REGISTER:  http://www.awwa.org/store/productdetail_event.aspx?productid=52290103


Small System Webinar Series Looks at Cyanotoxins

EPA’s Office of Research and Development continues to offer its monthly webinar series on topics of interest to those who work with small systems.  The next event is scheduled for next week and will focus on Current Water Treatment and Distribution System Optimization for Cyanotoxins.

DATE:  Tuesday, May 26

TIME:   2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5621308538750173697

This event includes two presentations – one on treatment strategies being adopted or considered by water treatment plants to remove algal toxins while meeting other treatment goals and one on cyanotoxins control options (oxidation and adsorption processes) supported by a case study based on data collected from multiple treatment facilities.

For more information, click this link ORD SmallSystems Webinar_May2015

Looking for the Basics of Capacity Development?

EPA’s webpage on Small Systems and Capacity Development is an excellent resource for state program staff relatively new to the issues and challenges of working to help small water systems attain and maintain their technical, managerial, and financial capabilities to provide potable water for their customers.  It also serves as a useful reminder for more seasoned staff about some of the early guidance and strategic approaches that helped to form and sustain the program.

By clicking this link http://water.epa.gov/type/drink/pws/smallsystems/state_guidance.cfm, you can review what state and EPA staff have agreed are some of the best practices that can be applied to reenergize an aging capacity development program.  You can also take a look at the National Capacity Development Strategic Plan, an analysis of the use of the DWSRF setasides to promote capacity development, and how to improve security through using capacity self-assessments.  These are only a few of the guides, reports, and analyses available on this webpage.  Take a look!

EFCN and AWWA Collaborate on “Ask the Experts” Asset Management Webinar

On May 12, the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) are once again partnering to provide no cost training and information for small systems in the areas of asset management.  This webinar, Ask the Expert: A Unique Opportunity to Ask Your Asset Management Questions or Seek Advice on How to Begin, is made possible through a US EPA grant.  Although there is no cost or required AWWA membership to participate in this training, you must register in advance.

DATE:  Tuesday, May 12, 2015

TIME:   1:30-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Click this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4998686988955687681

If you have been to an asset management training or have considered or have started asset management activities, you probably have generated many questions about the process. For example, “Where is a good place to start?” or “What options do I have for mapping my system?” or “How do I number my assets?” You may have specific questions regarding something you have tried and had difficulty with. This webinar offers a unique opportunity to ask any and all questions regarding asset management or implementing asset management plans.

Please send webinar questions to Khris Dodson at kdodson@syracusecoe.org.

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

Climate Adaptation Training for Local Governments

EPA has released a new, online Climate Adaptation Training for Local Governments. The 30 minute training module is designed to help local public officials, municipal staff, and community leaders prepare for the impacts that climate change may have on the services they provide to their communities. You may find it helpful in your work with smaller communities in demonstrating how planning ahead can help them be more sustainable and resilient.

The training module includes examples of effective resilience strategies that have been successfully implemented in several cities and towns across the nation, and it also provides information and resources to help local government officials get started with adaptation planning in their own communities. While not devoted solely to water, the module does include a section on water and wastewater services and impacts.

The training module was developed through EPA’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations with advice from EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee* (LGAC).  It is available online at:  www.epa.gov/localadaptationtraining. It is also accessible through the U.S. Climate Resiliency Toolkit: https://toolkit.climate.gov/.  A training module flyer is linked here Training Module Flyer – Final that you may find useful in sharing these materials.

*The LGAC is a formal advisory committee comprised of elected or appointed local, state, or tribal government officials.  This FACA group reports directly to the Administrator.

June Sustainability Webinar – Register Today

One of the most pressing challenges facing today’s utility leaders is building and maintaining understanding and support from ratepayers and the public at large.  To discuss that challenge, EPA’s Office of Water is hosting a webinar entitled, “Moving Toward Sustainability:  Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Water Utility Roadmap.”  Utility leaders representing both large and small communities will discuss innovative programs they are using to work with their communities and build support for the value of water infrastructure services, both environmentally and economically.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

DATE: June 25, 2015

TIME:  1:00-2:30 PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/740016771302065410

ATTACHMENT: Attachment – Practices Roadmap Webinar 3 Brochure 4-15-15 (3)


In their ongoing work to support small systems, the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) invites you to participate in several new web training events.  There is no cost to attend these sessions and some may offer continuing education credits.

1.  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 

Establishing a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is an important facet of the management of a water utility’s assets. This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the components of a CIP. It will also highlight how a CIP, along with other best management practices such as asset management and benchmarking, can improve a utility’s access to financing from the multiple federal and state programs that exist. The webinar will also provide participants with descriptions of these financing programs that provide funding for water infrastructure projects.

In this webinar you will:

  • learn about creating a capital plan for your water system,
  • view a demonstration of the EFC at UNC’s “What to Include in Your Capital Plan” Tool,
  • understand the spectrum of financing options for water infrastructure needs, and
  • compare and contrast grants versus loans and other more sustainable funding sources.

2.  Ask the Expert: A Unique Opportunity to Ask Your Asset Management Questions or Seek Advice on How to Begin

DATE:  May 12, 2015  

TIME:   1:30-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Click this link Register 

If you have been to an asset management training or have considered or even started asset management activities, you probably have generated many questions about the process. For example, “Where is a good place to start?” or “What options do I have for mapping my system?” or “How do I number my assets?” You may have specific questions regarding something you’ve tried and had difficulty with. This webinar will provide you with a unique opportunity to ask any and all questions regarding asset management or implementing asset management.

If you have questions about registering for these events, please contact Lisa Ruggero at ldrugger@syr.edu

Questions about the EFCN program and continuing education, contact Khris Dodson at kadodson@syr.edu

And…for you long range planners, you may want to add the following to your calendar…

Find Money in the Water System Budget: Energy Management Project Ideas, Prioritization, and Implementation

DATE:  June 9, 2015  

TIME:   2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Click this link Register 

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



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