CUPSS Community Call – July 31, 2013

The Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) offers a basic approach to asset management designed specifically for smaller communities.  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.  On a quarterly basis, these individuals get together via conference call to hear about new activities, updates, and implementation strategies from CUPSS practitioners.  The next CUPSS Community Call is scheduled for July 31st.

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health requires the development of an asset management plan as a condition of accepting grant and loan funding from the state’s Drinking Water Treatment Revolving Fund. This call will feature their approach in encouraging the use of CUPSS to create an asset management plan through a 14 month step-by-step process.

DATE:  Wednesday, July 31

TIME:   2:00-3:00pm (eastern)

REGISTER:  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/566564642

There will be an opportunity during the CUPSS Community calls to ask questions of the featured speakers and EPA staff.  Please take a look at the flyer (below) for more CUPSS Community information.  If you still have questions, please email the CUPSS team at cupss@epa.gov.

CUPSS Community Call Flyer_Updated July 2013 (2)

Upcoming Smart Management for Small Water Systems Workshops

If you’re planning a trip to the islands, you might want to add a little education to your vacation…

The Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) is planning some “Smart Management” workshops for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Click here to register online.

In St. Thomas, USVI | 9:00-4:30pm

    Energy Management Workshop, July 9 & Financing Workshop, July 10

In St. Croix, USVI | 9:00-4:30pm

    Financing Workshop, July 9 & Energy Management Workshop, July 10

In San Juan, PR | July 10 & 11, 2013 | 9:30-5pm

    Asset Management and Finance Workshop for Small Water Systems 

Audience: Trainings are for drinking water systems serving 10,000 or fewer customers, water system managers, municipal decision makers, elected officials, town managers, and mayors.

These programs are being offered through Smart Management for Small Water Systems, a program of the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN), which consists of the Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University and nine other EFC’s nationwide. This program is made possible under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Learn More & Register

PSAs Aid Community Water Quality Efforts

The National Environmental Services Center (NESC) now offers three video public service announcements (PSAs) about the importance of septic system maintenance for community water quality. The PSAs reflect NESC’s ongoing commitment to effective wastewater treatment and source water protection, and are available for communities and watershed groups to use for free.

Presented in a humorous light, each video drives home the message that homeowners are responsible for safe guarding our drinking water through proper septic tank operation and maintenance.

NESC encourages communities to use these brief PSAs as part of a public awareness campaign to protect source water. View and download the videos by going to: www.nesc.wvu.edu/subpages/psa.cfm.

Do Your Utilities Know Who to Call When There’s Trouble?

Just in time for hurricane season, EPA has compiled emergency contact information for state, regional, and Federal agencies so that water utilities know who to call to get the support they need during and after a major storm, earthquake, forest fire, tornado, or hurricane, or any other type of disaster.  While it’s important to first contact local emergency management, there may be instances in which local resources are exhausted and the utility needs the support of outside agencies.

To facilitate response during those critical moments, these updated contact pages provide mainline emergency phone numbers for each state’s emergency management agency, drinking water agency, and wastewater agency.  These pages also include a mainline and individual contact number for the state’s WARN program (Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network).  If support is needed beyond the state level, regional emergency contact information is provided for EPA and FEMA, while headquarters emergency information is provided for EPA and USACE.  This information can be accessed from the EPA Water Security Division’s homepage http://www.epa.gov/watersecurity or directly from the EPA website contacts main page http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/wshqcontacts.cfm

Please make sure that your small systems have access to this information.