EPA Publishes New FedFUNDS Tool

FedFUNDS (Federal Funding for Utilities – Water/Wastewater – in National Disasters) is the latest in EPA’s suite of tools designed to help utilities be better prepared and more capable to respond and recover should a disaster strike.   This is a very helpful resource for smaller communities that may not be aware of the range of funding choices – and funding requirements – that they can use to help get back up and running after a crisis occurs.

FedFUNDS looks at the ways that water utilities can identify funding sources, know how to describe and document activities that may be eligible for Federal funding assistance, learn about FEMA, USDA, and EPA funding programs, and take advantage of training and funding mentor opportunities dedicated to utility needs.

You may learn more about FedFUNDS on EPA’s website at: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/funding/fedfunds/index.cfm.



AWWA Publishes Operator Field Guide Second Edition

Finding the information you need when you need it can be a problem, especially in the field.   The handy  AWWA Water Operator Field Guide, second edition, includes math and chemistry formulas, conversions, pipe and equipment data, operational parameters, construction and installation information, OSHA and EPA regulations, and much more. To read more about this product and to order copies ($49 for AWWA members and $85 for nonmembers) click here: AWWA Water Operator Field Guide .

RCAP Looks at Financial Planning Tools

Our colleagues at RCAP have prepared a thoughtful, helpful article about good financial planning and how to achieve it.  In their most recent A Drop of Knowledge electronic newsletter, they talk about the bones of good financial planning.  Want to know about Capital Improvement Plans?  It’s there.  Need a good explanation of the difference between capital improvements reserves and debt service reserves?  It’s there.  Are those the only two types of reserve accounts you need?  The RCAP article will tell you.  They also include tips and point you to helpful resources!  What more could you ask for?  Well, you never know, so here’s how to find out.  A Drop of Knowledge is available at no charge.  Just click the link to begin your monthly subscription now:  Sign up for your free subscription!


CUPSS Train-the-Trainer Has Some New/Old Events

Mark your calendar…CUPSS – the Check Up Program for Small Systems – has some training opportunities that you should check out…

Train-the-Trainer Webinar Series

This 6-hour presentation will consist of comprehensive training on how to use the CUPSS asset management software. It will closely follow the CUPSS Users Guide; an overview of each module (with screenshots) followed by exercises on how to use the module. To participate in this training, users will be asked to log in from their own computer. Users can begin their asset management process through this training or they can follow the presenter’s hypothetical scenario. The EPA sponsored web-based conference delivery will be separated into three 2-hour sessions.

Session 1 of 3:  September 19, 2012, 1:00 – 3:00 PM (ET) 
The goals of Session 1 include the following: CUPSS preparation, download and installation of CUPSS, set-up the utility’s basic information, login and navigate CUPSS, create the asset inventory, and create a customized asset report.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/676417454
Session 2 of 3:  September 26, 2012, 1:00 – 3:00 PM (ET)
The goals of Session 2 include the following: create your operation and maintenance tasks, learn how to search and print reports on assets and associated tasks, enter your past, current, and projected finances, and determine your financial forecast and print a custom report for your utility.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/123173286
Session 3 of 3:  October 3, 2012, 1:00 – 3:00 PM (ET)
The goals of Session 3 include the following: become familiar with the 10 steps in developing an asset management plan, generate an asset management plan, learn about the different troubleshooting tips to help you along the way, and get the most out of CUPSS with advanced features.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/881239302

EPA to Host Webinar on Solar Energy for Water & Wastewater Utilities

Have you considered a solar solution to water utility energy costs and conservation efforts?  Sign up for a new EPA Energy Management webinar and learn  the latest on solar technologies, funding options, and utility efficiency improvements.  Also hear how a small Massachusetts water utility (less than 20,000 population) installed a solar technology and made it work!

DATE:  Thursday, October 11

TIME:  1:00-2:30pm (eastern)

REGISTER:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/567834686

Please see the flyer attached below for more details!

Energy Webinar on Solar Flyer Final 9.6.12

Changes at EPA

Earlier this week, Pam Barr, EPA’s Acting Director for the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, announced that Maria Lopez Carbo of DWPDs Protection Branch will begin a detail serving as the acting special assistant.  Maria has served as the Sustainable Systems Team lead for the last 3 years.  Barr went on to note that, “This position requires extensive coordination with other EPA offices and federal agencies as well as national stakeholder groups and makes her well suited for the special assistant role.  In addition to all her experience, Maria brings tremendous energy and cheerfulness to the position.”

Please join us as we say (a hopefully temporary) farewell to Maria Lopez Carbo and her unstinting support for both capacity development and operator certification efforts at the local, state, and Federal level.  We know that she will do well in her new role.  Meanwhile, we look forward to continuing our work and collaboration efforts with the other key members of the Sustainable Systems Team!