Are you familiar with Tech Briefs?

Tech Briefs are four-page fact sheets included in the On Tap magazine produced by the National Environmental Services Center (NESC) at West Virginia University.  Each fact sheet provides concise, technical information about a drinking water treatment technology or issue relevant to small systems.  Tech Briefs are written for drinking water professionals, particularly small system operators.  Tables and descriptive illustrations are provided, as well as sources for more information.

The latest Tech Brief deals with the issue of water efficiency and conservation.  It begins with the premise that, “Because water is inexpensive, citizens and utilities have little incentive to reduce water use or loss.  Raising water rates may overcome this hurdle, but that often comes with its own set of issues. Fortunately, there are other ways to conserve water.”

To learn which “other ways” are available and helpful for small systems, go to the NESC website at www.nesc.wvu.edu/techbrief.cfm and click on the Tech Brief icon on the right side of the page.

ABC Hosts NEW Web-Based Testing Webinar

Want to learn more about ABC’s Web-Based Testing (WBT) examination option?  Join ABC for one hour on May 20th from1:30-2:30PM (eastern) and find out what’s happening!  By using WBT, ABC Testing Clients can administer computerized exams through their own local resources, such as community colleges and field offices.

Sign up now for this free event to hear presentations by ABC’s Exam Development Coordinator, Ann Eddy and Margaret Crawford, Program Manager, as they discuss WBT and how it can assist in streamlining your testing program.  In addition, listen to success stories from ABC Testing Clients who have implemented WBT, and hear what their candidates are saying about the process.

Space is limited.  Reserve your webinar seat now at:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/789959966

Water & Energy Efficiency Webcast

Mark your calendars.  EPA is hosting a webcast on saving water and energy and reducing greenhouse gases.

Date:  May 17, 2011

Time:  1:00-3:00pm (eastern)

Register:  http://water.epa.gov/learn/training/wacademy/webcasts_index.cfm.

EPA has developed several programs in the water sector to help you and your communities make small changes that can lead to big reductions in greenhouse gases.  Listen into this webcast to learn how EPA’s WaterSense program can help you find and select water-efficient products that can help your wallet and the environment.  The webcast will also
highlight actions that water and wastewater utilities can take to save water and energy.  Finally, the webcast will include information about how grassroots organizations are getting involved to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their communities.

Participants are encouraged to download the presentation prior to the webcast.  Also, webcast participants are eligible to receive a certificate for their attendance.

EPA Announces Release of Re-Energizing the Capacity Development Program Report

EPA has published a new report titled, Re-Energizing the Capacity Development Program: Findings and Best Practices from the Capacity Development Re-Energizing Workgroup. This report is the product of the workgroup’s goals to better understand EPA’s drinking water program’s existing implementation efforts, evaluate roadblocks to developing capacity and identify best practices to facilitate state program implementation. In 2010, EPA partnered with eight states and the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators to form the workgroup to assess the Capacity Development program’s progress and bring renewed attention to it.  The program was established under the 1996 Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide a framework for EPA, states and systems to work together to ensure that drinking water systems attain short and long term capacity.

Public drinking water systems regulated by EPA, and delegated states and tribes, provide drinking water to about 90 percent of Americans.  Providing safe drinking water is a partnership that involves EPA, the states, tribes, water systems and their operators.

The report provides case studies that may be useful for states, utilities and regions in their capacity development drinking water programs.

Electronic versions of the document may be found on the EPA website at http://water.epa.gov/type/drink/pws/smallsystems/state_guidance.cfm

CEU Plan Offers New Video Opportunity – CEU Tube

CEU Plan is a comprehensive, accredited online training program for the water and wastewater industry.  It is one of the first online training programs to provide continuing education credits for operators via the internet.  CEU Plan has designed CEU Tube – a new avenue for operators, managers, engineers, and others interested in the drinking water treatment, distribution, wastewater treatment, collection and environmental news to view educational information.

CEU Tube is a new venture which provides the opportunity to upload educational videos of interest to environmental professionals in the water and wastewater fields.  At no cost, state regulatory agencies can post videos on information that they wish to share with the regulated community in their states, regions, or nationally.  Each video can be uploaded directly to the site following easy step-by-step instructions and CEU Plan will send out email notifications, post video availability on the CEU Plan facebook page, and tweet to anyone who follows them that new video is available.

Create a video or upload your existing educational videos to the CEU Tube site at www.myceutube.com.  Upon approval, it will go live.  CEU Plan’s goal is to provide as much information as possible to the regulated community via a popular, easy to use avenue designed specifically for the profession.

For more information on CEU Tube or CEU Plan, please contact Melissa Brothers, Director of Marketing at 502-320-4706 or via email at mbrothers@ceuplan.org.