Retaining Your Workforce Webinar

Our EFCN colleagues are hosting a webinar to share strategies on how small systems can retain a happy workforce.

DATE:              December 8, 2016

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)


This webinar will provide some useful retention practices for small systems to use to maintain a strong and happy workforce.  It also will share evaluation tools that can be used to measure employee performance and support professional development.


EPA Hosting 3Ts for Lead in Schools Webinar

EPA is hosting a webinar to discuss the 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools.  The 3Ts represent Training, Testing, and Telling.  This webinar will provide a background on lead in drinking water, suggested steps for sampling at schools, discuss appropriate remediation measures, and the important aspects of an effective communication strategy.

DATE:              December 7

TIME:               3:00-4:30PM (eastern)


This webinar is open to primacy agencies, tribes, water systems, technical assistance providers, academia, and those seeking information about EPA’s 3Ts and implementing a lead testing program for school drinking water.  You are strongly encouraged to reach out to schools and school districts to encourage their participation as well.  You may wish to include the information below in your invitations.

Lead is a toxic metal that is harmful to human health. Since children are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure and they spend a significant portion of their day in schools, testing drinking water in schools and reducing lead levels is extremely important. The3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools was developed using a training, testing, telling approach, to assist schools in implementing a voluntary lead testing program.

This link will take you to the 3Ts Toolkit for Schools.  The following link will take you to the full 3Ts Toolkit


Capacity Development & Asset Management Webinar

EPA’s Office of Research and Development continues its monthly webinar series by taking a look at how capacity development and asset management integrate to enhance system performance.

DATE:              Tuesday, November 29

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern) with optional Q&A until 3:30


The goal of the Capacity Development program is to strengthen technical, managerial and financial capacity of public water systems to reliably provide safe drinking water.  Asset management provides a framework that helps water systems make informed decisions about their water infrastructure management.  How they can work together to strengthen system service to their customers and compliance with Federal SDWA requirements will be shared during this event.

Demystifying Depreciation and How to Make Use of It

Our colleagues in the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) are hosting a new webinar that focuses on how depreciation of water assets can help with infrastructure decisions.

DATE:              Thursday, December 1

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)


As water infrastructure ages, it loses value due to wear and tear. The accounting term that represents this reduction in value is depreciation. Where does this number come from? What does it actually mean? And how can it be used to improve the management of water systems?

This webinar will:

  • Explain how accountants measure depreciation for water systems,
  • Discuss the differences in the depreciated value of water assets as measured by accountants vs. their actual condition, and
  • Explore ways that depreciation can be incorporated into long-term system planning.

This webinar is most appropriate for individuals who make financial and managerial decisions on behalf of their water systems such as managers, budget and finance officers, clerks, and governing board members.

Financing Recovery and Mitigation – A Free Webinar Series

Learning about funding opportunities and how to access them is important for all members of the small system community. EPA is hosting two new webinars that showcase available funding for both disaster recovery efforts and resilience mitigation projects.  Please share these webinar discussions with your smaller systems.

Disaster Recovery Financing

DATE:              November 22

TIME:               1:00-2:30PM (eastern)


This event describes how states and communities use SRF, FEMA, and other financing approaches to recover from a disaster. Utility and state speakers will share tips and examples.

Resilience Mitigation Financing

DATE:              December 7

TIME:               1:00-2:30PM (eastern)


This event focuses on tools and financing resources to conduct resilience planning and to mitigate impacts before a disaster strikes. Utilities will share stories about investing in resilient infrastructure.


Using the DWSRF to Address Lead in Drinking Water

EPA’s DWSRF and Sustainable Systems Teams have been hosting a series of webinars to highlight ways in which DWSRF set-asides and infrastructure project assistance can be used to build capacity at drinking water systems.

Registration is now open for the next in the DWSRF/Capacity Development webinar series.  The topic is how the DWSRF can be leveraged to address the challenges of lead in drinking water.

DATE:              Tuesday, November 15

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)


Both Federal and state partners will tackle the subject.  Nick Chamberlain (EPA DWSRF Team) will discuss background on eligibilities, Robin Schmidt (WI) will present on lead service line replacement, and Michael Maynard (MA) will present on lead testing in schools.

Sign up today!

DWSRF and Capacity Building in Action:  Leveraging Resources to Address Lead in Drinking Water

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and Sustainable Systems Teams at EPA are hosting a series of webinars to highlight ways in which DWSRF set-asides and infrastructure project assistance can be used to build capacity at drinking water systems.

DATE:              Tuesday, November 15

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)


The topic of this webinar is to discuss how the DWSRF can be leveraged to address the challenges of lead in drinking water.  Nick Chamberlain (EPA HQ) will discuss background on eligibilities; Robin Schmidt (WI) will present on lead service line replacement; and Michael Maynard (MA) will present on lead testing in schools.

These every-other-month webinars will continue into 2017.  In January, look for information on how the DWSRF can be used for projects to reduce water loss and increase efficiency.  In March, the subject will be water system partnerships; how their formation may help to improve capacity; and the role that the DWSRF might play.


Looking Ahead in Drinking Water Training

Did you know that EPA OGWDW keeps a schedule of upcoming webinars for rules, strategies, and issues of particular concern?  Check out  You can “save the date” for upcoming web events such as two November dates for Phase II/V rules with a focus on arsenic, nitrate, and nitrite.  From this site, you can also link to upcoming ORD trainings.

Yahoo and Other Data Breach Victims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a step-by-step video to users whose personal information may have been exposed in a data breach.  This video provides instruction on how to report an incident and develop a personal recovery plan after a data breach has occurred.

US-CERT encourages users to review the FTC blog and US-CERT Tips on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks, Safeguarding Your Data, and Protecting Your Privacy for more information.

EPA Webinar Covers Latest Competitive Awards for Small Systems Assistance

On September 21, EPA OGWDW hosted a webinar for state drinking water program staff involved with the training and technical assistance grant competitive award program.  Successful awardees from the FY 15 competition – RCAP, NRWA, and EFCN – each described their program and proposed approach for this effort that encompasses small system drinking water compliance assistance, financial and managerial assistance, and assistance for private well owners.  In all, $11.7 million was awarded for these initiatives.  A separate wastewater award was not part of the webinar’s focus.

For those of you not able to participate in the web event, EPA has provided a consolidated powerpoint presentation from all three awardees.  In addition, EPA have developed a fact sheet about the purpose of and process for the awards.  The fact sheet also outlines roles and responsibilities for assistance providers, state primacy agencies, and EPA Regional and Headquarters offices.  See below for these two items.