Register for December Asset Management Tools Webinar

EPA is pleased to announce a State/EPA Asset Management Workgroup Webinar, which will highlight asset management tools for small- to medium- sized water and wastewater systems.

DATE:  December 12, 2013

TIME:  1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/579007575192915714

If you have any questions, please contact the CUPSS team at cupss@epa.gov.

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Primacy Agencies & TA Providers: Operator Basics Training CDs Available

Our colleagues at SmallWaterSupply.org  are willing to share a bountiful supply of the “Operator Basics” CD – at no cost to you!  Please read their article below to learn how you can take advantage of this offer…

Do you use Operator Basics in your training or allow operators to use Operator Basics for CEU credit in your state or jurisdiction?

SmallWaterSupply.org has free copies of the Operator Basics CD available to regulators and technical assistance providers, just for the asking. We would like to see them used, and are offering to ship packets of up to 100 CD’s for free.

In return, you only need to give them away to operators or operators in training that will benefit from the lessons. If you are interested, please email Steve Wilson, sdwilson@illinois.edu.

Not sure what this is all about? We blogged about Operator Basics a few years ago.

REMINDER – A NEW TOOL FOR STATES AND UTILITIES

Value of Water Brochure

The value of water brochure was developed to educate the general public on the value of water and wastewater and what it takes to deliver the service. The New York State Water and Wastewater Education and Outreach Committee (WWEOC) created the brochure. The WWEOC is comprised of state and local government agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency, professional associations, engineering firms, water operators, wastewater organizations, community leaders, and training providers. Its mission is to elevate, promote, and attract talented individuals into the water profession and to raise awareness of the value of water and wastewater services with the public and elected officials in New York State and nationwide.

Brochure Templates

The WWEOC produced editable templates of the Value of Water brochure for other organizations/states to use and customize.  There are four editable sections in the brochure: Water & Wastewater Infrastructure, Aging & Impaired Infrastructure, Stay Informed, and More Information.  See the links below to view two versions (one includes recycling info) of the editable brochure.  If you have any questions regarding the brochure, please contact Eric Tam or Teresa Boepple at the New York State Department of Health (518) 402-7650 or eyt02@health.state.ny.us for Eric or tmb03@health.state.ny.us for Teresa. Visit the WWEOC website for more information: http://www.syracusecoe.org/efc/sub.html?skuvar=251

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Free Webinars on Asset Management for Small Water Systems

The Environmental Finance Center Network has scheduled a 5-part webinar series on the core components of Asset Management. This training series will help the utility answer the question, “How can we spend our limited dollars to have the greatest impact?” The primary trainer will be Heather Himmelberger of the Southwestern EFC at the University of New Mexico, who has extensive experience in the field of asset management, especially as it relates to small systems.

This is a great FREE training opportunity for state drinking water program staff as well as water utilities, technical assistance providers, consultants and others who assist small water and wastewater systems.

1.  Asset Management Core Component 1 – The Current State of the Assets

DATE:  November 7, 2013

TIME:  2:30 – 3:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  http://efcnetwork.org/ and click on “Trainings”

Webinar 1 will provide an overview of Asset Management and discuss the first core component of Asset Management, The Current State of the Assets. This will include a discussion of the need for an asset inventory, mapping, condition assessment, and remaining useful life.

 

2.  Asset Management Core Component 2 – Required Level of Service

DATE:  November 26, 2013

TIME:  2:30 – 3:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  http://efcnetwork.org/ and click on “Trainings”

Webinar 2 will provide an overview of Asset Management and discuss the second core component of Asset Management, Required Level of Service. There will be a discussion of why goal setting at a utility is important, what makes a good goal, how to set goals, and how to measure.

3.  WEBINAR: Asset Management Core Component 3 – Critical Assets

DATE:  December 2, 2013

TIME:  2:30 – 3:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  http://efcnetwork.org/ and click on “Trainings”

Webinar 3 will provide an overview of Asset Management and discuss the third core component of Asset Management, Critical Assets. It will include a discussion of the two factors that make up criticality: likelihood of failure and consequence of failure, as well as a discussion on how criticality ties into the rest of Asset Management.

 

4.  Asset Management Core Component 4 – Life Cycle Costing

DATE:  December 12, 2013

TIME:  2:30 – 3:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  http://efcnetwork.org/ and click on “Trainings”

Webinar 4 will provide an overview of Asset Management and discuss the fourth core component of Asset Management, Life Cycle Costing. It will present the two components of life cycle costing: Operation and Maintenance and asset replacement. This discussion will go into tactics for more strategic O&M tasks and how you bring risk into the decision-making process for both O&M and capital.

 

5.  Asset Management Core Component 5 – Long Term Funding Strategy

DATE:  (TENTATIVE) December 18, 2013

TIME:  2:30 – 3:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  http://efcnetwork.org/ and click on “Trainings”

Webinar 5 will provide an overview of Asset Management and discuss the fifth core component of Asset Management, Long Term Funding Strategy. This webinar will include a discussion of the need for funding the system and how to build the capacity within the community to raise rates. It will also include information on telling a good story about what you need and why.