Baseball and Operator Certification

The information below was originally printed in the ABC Certifier in 2001…and New Jersey’s Alan Dillon was their President-Elect.  Alan, feeling rather philosophical about the need for consistency in how states apply the rules for certified operators, created an interesting allegory using his (then) 9 year old son’s baseball team.  Needless to say, Alan’s son is grown now…Alan is now a Past President of ABC…but in speaking with him at last year’s ABC Conference in Tampa, Alan still wonders about consistency and the rules!  Thanks, Alan!


Advertisements Hosts “How To” Webinar

Think you have seen  You probably haven’t seen it like this!  You are invited to a special event!  Please mark your calendar for a webinar on Tuesday, May 15 at 2pm EDT. project manager Steve Wilson will show you how to use the website to help you get the most out of Internet resources. This will not be a simple tour of the site, but instead will share specific examples of how to use to make your job a little easier.  More information, including a registration link, is available at Make the Internet Work for You.

Please share this opportunity with your smaller water systems, your TA providers, and your colleagues with an interest in supporting small water system needs.

Save the Date – Energy Conservation Webcast

EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management is hosting a webcast to showcase successful and innovative energy conservation practices.  While the model and example focus on wastewater treatment, this event should be attended by anyone with an interest in effective energy conservation.

DATE:  Thursday, May 17, 2012

TIME:   2:00-3:30pm (eastern)


Innovative Energy Conservation Measures at Wastewater Treatment Facilities will first focus on energy conservation and self-sufficiency based on EPA’s 2010 report, Evaluation of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) for Wastewater Treatment Facilities.  The focus will then shift to the successful implementation of various ECMs and energy recovery at the Sheboygan Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Wisconsin.  For more information, please see the flyer link attached to this message.

ECM Webast Flyer Final 4-9-12

RCAP Offers A Drop of Knowledge

RCAP has renamed and reenergized its electronic newsletter (formerly eBulletin) into a new product A Drop of Knowledge. This name reflects its purpose, to provide:

  • useful, practical information – knowledge that you can put into action in your water or wastewater system or community and
  • a small amount of new knowledge – just enough to make a difference without requiring you to embark on large improvements that may be overwhelming

A Drop of Knowledge is designed for staff of water systems/utilities, board members and elected officials. It provides helpful tips, guides and resources on practical subjects and is written in plain English. The information it contains will help these audiences make informed decisions to benefit their community, keep their system in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency regulations, and maintain water quality in the most proactive way. The newsletter provides information on the technical, managerial, financial and governance aspects of running a small water or wastewater system.

RCAP has also launched another service – Ask the Expert. You may send in a question that stumps you or query about how to go about a procedure or process and have it answered by an RCAP expert in the field. Your question may even be a topic of a future issue of this newsletter

A Drop of Knowledge is published monthly and is free to subscribers.  Click Sign up for your free subscription! to get started or visit to learn more about the organization.

Managerial Capacity Workgroup Releases Resources for Capacity Development Staff!

During the September 2010 National Capacity Development/Operator Certification Workshop, participants identified a need for more information and resources to assist small systems in the development of managerial capacity.  A workgroup was formed to evaluate and report best practices in building and evaluating managerial capacity to increase sustainability of small public water systems and identify further efficiencies of state programs. The workgroup’s efforts included:

  • developing indicators for assessing managerial capacity as part of water system capacity,
  • looking into how states are utilizing asset management practices to help strengthen water system managerial capacity, and
  • identifying different types of training strategies for water systems board members.

The resources developed by the workgroup can be used to complement the efforts that state Capacity Development coordinators are working on in their programs. As you are utilizing these resources, feel free to let Sonia Brubaker ( know of any feedback you have on the products and/or how you might use them.

Workgroup Product:   Assessing Water System Managerial Capacity resource guide (

EPA Releases Community-Based Water Resiliency Electronic Tool Update

EPA has just announced the release of version 1.1 of the Community-Based Water Resiliency (CBWR) Tool.  This updated version of the CBWR Tool includes more than 400 tools and resources to enhance a community’s resiliency to water service disruptions.

A main component of the tool is the self assessment, which provides users with questions tailored to their stakeholder group and culminates in a self-assessment summary report. The report details the strengths and weaknesses of the users’ community’s resiliency and recommends tools and resources that can be used to enhance resiliency. Users can then navigate to the CBWR toolbox, where they can find more information about the recommended tools and resources.

While the tool was originally created to support  “security” needs, the self assessment and resource lists are  also helpful for small communities to better understand how to prioritize their infrastructure and planning needs.  The tool is also helpful to community boards and councils who otherwise may not understand what and how to encourage their citizens to plan and prepare for floods, tornadoes, wildfires, and other events that may disrupt their water or other essential services.

To download the newest version of the tool, please visit

ERP/ETT Replace SNCs for Capacity Development and DWSRF Determinations

EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water has distributed an updated policy memo dealing with implementation of the Capacity Development and DWSRF programs in light of the new Enforcement Policy and Enforcement Targeting Tool (ERP/ETT).  These changes are effective beginning with FY 2013.

The memo describes how the CapDev and DWSRF programs are to address the SDWA requirements that reference reporting and other determinations based on systems with “historical significant noncompliance” (HSNC) and “significant noncompliance” (SNC).

The policy memo further encourages state and EPA Regional DWSRF coordinators to meet with their capacity development counterparts to coordinate priorities, setaside assistance determinations, and other program elements to “ensure that systems prioritized for attention through the ETT are given the fullest possible consideration for available assistance.”

Here’s a link to the memo  Signed Cap Dev & DWSRF ETT memo