Water Facts from the US Water Alliance

Did you know…

  • Clean, safe and reliable water remains a cornerstone of America’s public health system and a mainstay of our local economies.
  • Yet severe drought and water scarcity continue to plague many communities across the United States.
  • As our nation’s water infrastructure continues to crumble, it is estimated that we will need to spend in excess of $1 trillion over the next 20 years simply to restore our failing infrastructure.
  • Each year, American households spend on average a little over $500 for water and wastewater services.
  • In comparison, we spend:
    • Over $1,000 for cell phone service
    • $1,200 for cable television
    • $1,500 for electricity, and
    • $2,000 for coffee and beverages
  • Despite this current water crisis, local water provision remains significantly underpriced.

As National Water Week approaches (April 12-18, 2015), think about how we can better express the value of water in our personal lives, our communities, and our nation.

Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities Webinar for States

ASDWA and EPA invite you to attend a one hour training webinar on EPA’s new document titled Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities. The session is intended to engage state staff about how to use the Guide as well as to train others (e.g., utilities). EPA is hosting separate web events to engage other audiences. Your small systems that face frequent or chronic flooding scenarios may find a viable solution if you help them work through this Guide.

DATE:  Tuesday, March 31, 2015

TIME:   1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/653976686857482753

This is a train-the-trainer event for state staff.   As part of the webinar, train-the-trainer materials will be distributed so that participants can give the training presentation to others. The Guide is designed to help utilities understand their flooding threat and identify ways to mitigate against flood damage and disruptions.  Specifically designed for small- and medium-size water and wastewater utilities, the Guide is easy to use and includes interactive worksheets, instructional videos, and flood maps.

Join us and learn how to work with your small and medium water systems and your assistance providers to learn about a helpful, straightforward approach to flood resilience.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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NEW EFC Webinar – Find Money in the Water System Budget: Energy Management Teams, Baselines and Data Collection

As part of their latest competitive award, the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) in collaboration with their training partner, AWWA, is hosting a webinar series.  The latest in that series is scheduled for next week – March 3rd – and will focus on the benefits and value of conducting an energy audit.

DATE:  March 3, 2015

TIME:   2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Click here REGISTER

For many water systems, the electric (or energy) bill is one of the largest expenses regularly incurred by the water utility. It is also one of the most controllable expenses a water utility will have. However, water utility managers oftentimes never see the bill. Understanding your utility’s energy expenses is one of the first steps to controlling and likely reducing your energy expenses.

During this webinar, we will:

  • walk through the first four steps of implementing an energy management plan;
  • discuss the process of completing an energy audit; and
  • hear from a water system that has placed energy management and conservation as the paramount operational goal of the District, and realized over 300,000 dollars per year in savings as a result.

Continuing education credits?  AWWA will request pre-approval from state licensing agencies for this webinar.  You should check with your agency to determine if CEUs will be offered in your state and what you may need to do to receive credit for your participation,  It is your responsibility to verify this information with your licensing agency.

If you require a continuing education certificate:

  – You MUST register individually

  – Group rosters will not be accepted.

For more information, about registration, contact Lisa Ruggero ldrugger@syr.edu .  For questions about this program, contact  Lexi Kay akay@sog.unc.edu

EPA’s Office of Research & Development To Host Webinar

Interested in knowing more about innovative biological treatment for small water systems that focuses on ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites?  Then, please see the flyer below:

 

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Help Small Communities Understand What They Face Without Water Service

Sometimes, it pays to go back and look at what’s already been done – often, it still has relevance!

Several years ago, ASDWA worked with EPA Region 5 to create a simple discussion guide for smaller communities to use when considering what to do if their water service is disrupted.  The Guide explains how to have such a discussion:  who to invite, what types of questions to ask, what types of impacts a lack of service can cause, whether formal presentations or just shirtsleeves discussions are right for a particular group, and whether this discussion could be the first in an ongoing dialog between the water system and its key customers.

The Water Emergency Roundtable – Outline for Discussion is a low cost approach and allows anyone – the water system, an assistance provider, the state primacy agency – to help facilitate the Roundtable Discussion.  Such a discussion could go a long way toward helping smaller communities better engage with their own emergency and utility service providers to create an effective and efficient foundation for community resiliency.

For more information, click the link above or go to the Security tab on the ASDWA website at www.asdwa.org.

 

Cold Weather Checklist for Water Utilities

Our National Environmental Services Center (NESC) colleagues at West Virginia University have shared some very helpful tips to help water systems be resilient during these cold and snowy months.

Check your supply inventory; exercise your valves; weatherproof your booster stations; note whether your employees have the equipment they need for these conditions; and stock extra fuel are all common sense, achievable tasks that can make the difference between a well run system and one that runs into trouble when the weather turns cold(er).

Click this link http://www.nesc.wvu.edu/ndwc/articles/OT/FA07/OT_07_FL_readyFORwinter.pdf  to learn more about coping with cold weather.

 

EPA’s Office of Research & Development to Host Small System Web Series

Registration is now open for “Innovative Biological Treatment for Small Water Systems:  Ammonia, Nitrites, and Nitrates.”  This webinar is part of the larger ORD/OW Monthly Webinar Series: Challenges and Treatment Solutions for Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems.  During 2015, ORD plans to host a webinar  each month on a different small systems topic.

NOTE:  A certificate for one continuing education contact hour is available to attendees.

DATE:  February 24, 2015

TIME:   2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3471040925586173697

More information on this web event appears below.  Please share this information with your colleagues.

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Community Involvement Training Conference

Although the initiative described below resides in EPA’s Superfund Program, the concept of community involvement transcends a single effort and has application for all of us in the water community.  Take a look and consider submitting a request to present or just mark your calendar to attend when registration opens.

EPA is calling for proposals for the 2015 Community Involvement Training Conference: Making a Visible Difference in Communities! This year’s 3-day training conference will be held August 4-6, in Atlanta, GA.
Participate as a presenter and help EPA provide an exceptional training conference that engages EPA staff, agency partners and stakeholders with best practices to enhance community involvement. Submit your proposal by Wednesday, March 4, 2015 here http://go.usa.gov/h5yV

 

 

Join the Festivities – Celebrate National Groundwater Awareness Week

The 17th annual National Groundwater Awareness Week takes place from March 8-14 this year.  The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) invites you to celebrate the week by helping to educate the public about groundwater and its importance to public health, quality of life, and the environment.  You are encouraged to share the materials and messages that NGWA has created (see below) with your groundwater systems and the public about groundwater and water well stewardship (including information for private well maintenance).

Take a look at the following linked list of available resources.  Some can be used ‘as is’ and others can be adapted or customized to your needs.

ASDWA is a promotional partner for this effort.  Please join ASDWA and NGWA in sharing basic information about groundwater with the public and encouraging everyone to become a good groundwater and water well steward.

For more information or to learn how to be listed as a promotional partner, please contact NGWA’s Cliff Treyens at ctreyens@ngwa.org.

Hiring Our Heroes

If you know of water utilities looking for operators, managers, security coordinators or other staff positions, here’s another possible resource.

The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation has created a “Hiring Our Heroes” program.  According to their website, “Hiring Our Heroes…launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, our goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities where veterans and military families return every day.”

The Hiring Our Heroes webpage http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/events/hiringfairs contains information not only about in person job fairs but also offers opportunities for virtual fairs.  Water systems individually, or through their member organizations such as NRWA or AWWA or WEF, can reserve a booth (usually at no or minimal charge) and conduct interviews on the spot as well as collect resumes.  Right now, there are more than 25 job fair locations posted on the hiring fairs site.  In an interesting new twist, the Foundation also hosts fairs that include job opportunities for military spouses – an often overlooked resource!

Take a look at the web pages devoted to Hiring Our Heroes.  Please share this information with others in the water community who may be in need of well trained professionals.