EPA to Host Moving Toward Sustainability Webinar

Earlier this year, EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management (OWM) released a report titled Moving Toward Sustainability:  Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Water Utility Roadmap.  Based in the principles of Effective Utility Management (EUM), this document outlines a path for water and wastewater utilities to take in an effort to both enhance their business practices and maintain compliance with all appropriate regulatory requirements.

On October 30, EPA is hosting the first in a series of webinars to explain this approach and highlight utility-based success stories.

DATE:  October 30, 2014

TIME:   12:30-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/608935640

This event will cover:

 Overview of Moving Toward Sustainability: Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Water Utility Roadmap:  Jim Horne, U.S. EPA

 Community Sustainability:  Sue Hann, City Manager – Palm Bay Florida  and Andy Kricun, Camden County Municipal Utility Authority

Future webinars are scheduled for March, May, and June 2015.  They will cover topics such as financial sustainability, utility business planning, water resource adequacy, performance management & continual improvement, employee & leadership development, and operational resiliency.  You may download the Moving Toward Sustainability document and learn more about Effective Utility Management at http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/sustain/sustainable_systems.cfm

EPA Creates New “Email Box” for American Iron & Steel Questions

In working with the new “Buy American” requirements for DWSRF loans, questions often arise about what’s covered and what is not.  To help those working with DWSRF applicants, EPA has set up a new American Iron and Steel email box SRF_AIS@epa.gov for general inquiries, concerns, questions and comments about products, projects, and availability.

Questions or comments about DWSRF waiver requests are handled separately.  Waiver-related questions or comments (not including confidential business information) should be sent to a separate mailbox dwsrfwaiver@epa.gov.

More information about the American Iron & Steel requirements, information on general guidance, waivers approved and denied, and other materials are posted at http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/aisrequirement.cfm.

August 27 EFC Asset Management Webinar

The Environmental Finance Center Network is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, August 27th from 3:00 – 5:00pm (eastern).  The webinar is entitled “Ask the Expert: A Unique Opportunity to Ask Your Asset Management Questions or Seek Advice on How to Begin.”  If you have been to an asset management training or have considered or even started asset management activities, you probably have generated many questions about the process. For example, “Where is a good place to start?” or “What options do I have for mapping my system?” or “How do I number my assets?” You may have specific questions regarding something you’ve tried and had difficulty with.

This webinar will provide you with a unique opportunity to ask any and all questions regarding asset management or implementing asset management.  An asset management practitioner, Ross Waugh, with extensive experience implementing the process in New Zealand will answer questions. Heather Himmelberger, director of the Southwest Environmental Finance Center, will join in answering questions.   

This will be a great chance to hear information regarding what has worked elsewhere in the world and to learn from those experiences. If you don’t have any questions of your own, you can still greatly benefit from listening in to the questions of others.  

For questions, please contact Khris Dodson at kdodson@syracusecoe.org.

To register, visit the web site HERE.

EPA Publishes Latest Small System Accomplishments Report

At the direction of the Obama Administration, for the past several years, EPA has identified a number of Agency Priority Goals (APG) as a strategic way of enhancing performance.  For FY 2012-13, EPA identified small systems as one of five APGs and earlier this month, the Agency released the FY 2012-2013 Small Systems Agency Priority Goal Accomplishments Report.  As it says in the introduction, “APGs target areas where agency leaders want to achieve near-term performance acceleration through focused senior leadership attention.”

The Small System APG identifies progress in enhanced water system management under the capacity development umbrella through activities in these specific areas:  asset management, managerial capacity, drinking water program collaboration, energy efficiency, noncommunity water systems, water system partnerships, and water sector workforce.  Optimization was a separate but related area of focus for this APG.  For this two-year reporting period, EPA worked with 20 states to improve small system capabilities.

The Report is available through clicking this link FY2012-2013 Small Systems APG Accomplishments Report

Please note that EPA has determined to continue a small system focus for the next two-year APG period  (FY 2014-15) and will be working with 10 additional states “…to improve small drinking water system capability to provide safe drinking water, an invaluable resource.”  To learn more about this APG, please visit http://www.performance.gov/