NRWA Offers “Operations App” for iPhones and Androids

The National Rural Water Association has developed and is offering a new Operations App.  The app contains a suite of functions designed to aid operations specialists in the water and wastewater industry…14 different water operations calculators including those for pipe disinfection, filtration rates, detention time and other common water functions. It also includes an NRWA news feed and access to the NRWA on-line Resource Center.  To learn more and to download the app onto your iPhone or Android, please go to:  http://www.nrwa.org/app/

Quarterly CUPSS Community Calls – Save the Date!

Asset management is an essential practice for any water system that desires to achieve sustainability, and EPA’s free asset management software is a great tool to help small systems implement an effective program.  The “Check Up Program for Small Systems” (CUPSS) software program guides small water systems through the asset management process, from the initial steps of setting up an asset inventory, to scheduling and tracking maintenance tasks, to establishing a financial system to budget and track expenses and revenue. 

Are You Part of the CUPSS Discussion?

To support the growing community of CUPSS users and trainers, EPA has set up quarterly interactive webinars to give updates on CUPSS enhancements, present case studies, suggest tips for trainers, and to feature presentations by speakers who have used the CUPSS software, either as a water system operator, a technical assistance provider, or state regulator. 

The next CUPSS Community quarterly call is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, from 2:00 to 3:00 (eastern).  Click here https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/455728230 to register and participate in this free event.  The April 30 call/webinar will feature Jean Holloway, Circuit Rider with the Delaware Rural Association, who will share her experiences in assisting Delaware communities as they get started with CUPSS.  There’s also a time set aside for questions. 

Be Part of the CUPSS Community

The “CUPSS Community” includes small water and wastewater system personnel, state drinking water and wastewater regulatory program staff, technical assistance providers, community or water association members, or anyone interested in sustainable water infrastructure.  Please let your colleagues, water systems, TA providers and other interested people know about this great opportunity!  For further information, feel free to contact the CUPSS staff at cupss@epa.gov.

The flyer (below) has more information about the CUPSS Community and its activities.  Calls are also scheduled for July 31 and October 31.

CUPSS Community Call Flyer_2013 rev 4-13

 

 

EPA Posts Partnership Webinars

In 2012, EPA and USDA conducted a series of webinars promoting the range of water system partnerships.  The webinars featured partnership case studies and highlighted the roles and perspectives of state regulatory agencies, funders, system decision-makers and technical assistance providers.

All four webinars are now available on EPA’s website at http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/sustain/partnerships.cfm.  For state drinking water programs, ASDWA will also  post these presentations in the library section of the CapCert Community.

Water System Partnership Webinar Series:

  • Partnering Over Time: Vinton County Water Joins Jackson County Water (10/26/2011) – Featuring the partnership between two water systems in Ohio and how the nature of their partnership evolved from informal cooperation to interconnection.
  • Communicating to Gain and Maintain Buy-in: The Logan Todd Regional Water Commission (2/29/2012) –  Featuring a regional water commission formed by 12 water systems that each kept their own identities.
  • Facilitating Partnerships: State and Funder Perspectives (8/8/2012) – Featuring Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Washington Department of Health and USDA Mississippi State Office discussing ways they encourage partnerships.
  • Troubleshooting the Partnership Process (11/5/2012) – Featuring representatives from two water system partnerships in New Mexico, the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority and El Valle Water Alliance, discussing different aspects of the water system partnering process. Other panelists include USDA New Mexico State Office, New Mexico Finance Authority, New Mexico Environment Department Drinking Water Bureau, New Mexico Office of State Engineer, and the Rural Community Assistance Corporation.

Need more Water System Partnership case studies?

http://water.epa.gov/type/drink/pws/smallsystems/upload/2009_10_21_smallsystems_pdfs_casestudies_smallsystems_gainingoperational.pdf

http://water.epa.gov/type/drink/pws/smallsystems/upload/publichealthstudyv1.pdf

http://water.epa.gov/type/drink/pws/smallsystems/upload/publichealthstudyv2.pdf