EPA Publishes Asset Management Tools Reference Guide

EPA’s Protection Branch has just announced publication and posting of The Asset Management Tools Reference Guide, developed through the State/EPA Asset Management Workgroup.   The Guide contains links for tools and strategies that support each component of an asset management program and also considers the connections between asset management and other sustainable practices such as those for water efficiency and climate change.

This Reference Guide is a great resource for state staff and technical assistance providers who are assisting small- and medium-sized systems in identifying resources and tools that can be used to implement specific asset management practices.  The Asset Management Reference Guide can be accessed at:




Tap Talks on Tuesdays Kicks Off on June 3

The Protection Branch in EPA’s Drinking Water Protection Division is getting ready to kick off a five-session dialogue entitled Tap Talks on Tuesdays.  These will be bi-weekly presentation/discussion sessions beginning June 3 and will have speakers presenting on strategies for effectively communicating the importance of water delivery services to the public, various national and state value of water materials, and effective messaging.  The first discussion will feature presentations by Peter Grevatt, Director of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, and Ben Grumbles with the US Water Alliance.  Please email Sonia Brubaker brubaker.sonia@epa.gov to be added to the stakeholder list.  The intended audience is EPA, states, utilities, utility associations and TA providers.

Here is a flyer Tap Talks Flyer_June and July 2014 that provides more details about Tap Talks on Tuesdays.  Take a look!

Register Now for the Next CUPSS Community Webinar!

DATE:  Tuesday, May 27

TIME:   2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5692200639959577857

The subject is online training.  Have questions?  Register today and learn the answers!

This CUPSS webinar will feature Michael Burrington of RCAP’s Michigan field staff, who will describe how he is developing a comprehensive online training curriculum for Michigan water and wastewater operators on CUPSS and asset management.  The curriculum features EPA’s online self-paced CUPSS training modules and includes test questions and reference materials.  Michael is hoping to receive CEC approval from the State so that operators will get certification credits.

Webinar participants will be able to ask questions of Michael during his presentation.  Sign up today!


Colorado Meets Measuring Success Head On

Colorado’s drinking water program has developed a new way to measure the success of its coaching workgroup. The coaching workgroup assists drinking water systems requesting technical, managerial, or financial assistance by pairing them with a staff person. In addition to using compliance, sanitary survey, and other data trends to show capacity development success, the drinking water program wanted to capture and measure the positive impact its coaching workgroup was having on the systems it provided assistance to.

After many discussions and some lively debate, the program decided on ten measures it would use to categorize and track individual improvements systems made as a result of receiving coaching assistance. The ten chosen measures align with the type of assistance a system may receive, can be easily counted, and are open-ended to capture more specific detail on exactly how a system improved. The program will use these results to showcase and report on improved system performance and enhanced public health protection efforts.

Colorado’s Coaching Workgroup Success Measures

As a result of this coaching visit the system has improved:

• Source water adequacy and protection by ________________.

• Treatment operations and maintenance by ______________.

• Residuals management by ______________.

• Storage tank operations and maintenance by ________________.

• Distribution system operations and maintenance by _________________.

• Water quality monitoring and sampling by _____________.

• Cross-connection control by __________________.

• Emergency preparedness and response by ________________.

• Financial viability by _____________.

• Managerial capacity by ______________.

For more information about the Colorado approach, please contact David Dani at david.dani@state.co.us.  He’d also like to hear about what your state is doing in this area…so get in touch!

Editor’s Note:  Stay tuned for more information from our Colorado colleagues as they work through the early stages of implementing this approach.

EPA Shares Tool Links from Recent Webinar

On May 6, EPA’s Water Security Division hosted a webinar to showcase and explain uses for several of its more popular tools.  The list below captures the links to the various tools for those who’d like to know more about the tools and their intended use.  Also, if you missed the web event, here’s the link to the recorded event https://epa.connectsolutions.com/p84sm4i6o48/.

Please take a look at these tools.  Several are especially useful for smaller systems – look at the CBWR and CRWU tools under Preparedness.  Check out the WARN link under Response and the FedFUNDS tool in the Recovery Tool section.  The other tools also have applications for smaller communities but these are a great place to begin!

Prevention Tools:

Vulnerability Self-Assessment Tool (VSAT)


Water Health & Economic Tool (WHEAT) 3.0



Preparedness Tools:

Community-Based Water Resiliency (CBWR)


Climate Resilient Evaluation & Awareness Tool (CREAT)


Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU)


Tabletop Exercise Tool for Water System: Emergency Preparedness, Response and Climate Resiliency (TTX Tool)


How to Develop a Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan



Response Tools:

Water/Wastewater Agency Response (WARN)


Water Laboratory Alliance (WLA)


Water Contaminant Information Tool (WCIT)



Recovery Tool:

Federal Funding for Utilities in National Disaster (Fed FUNDS)