Find Money in the Water System Budget: Energy Management Project Ideas, Prioritization, and Implementation

Under their EPA competitive award, the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFNC) and AWWA are continuing their partnership to provide helpful and useful information for smaller water systems through web events.

On June 9, please joint these partners to learn more about energy management projects that may be real cost savers for the water system.

DATE:  June 9, 2015

TIME:   2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTRATION:  Click Register Now!

In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • Steps 5 and 6 of implementing an energy management plan, as outlined in the seven-step framework in the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Water and Wastewater Energy Management Best Practices Handbook.
  • Energy management project ideas for small water systems, as well as ways to prioritize and implement such projects.
  • A water system in Kansas that has done significant energy management work, resulting in operating cost savings.

If you have questions or need assistance in registering for this webinar, please contact Lisa Ruggero at 


Webinar on Veterans:  An Untapped Resource for the Water Sector

Our colleagues at the American Water Works Association are hosting a webinar on May 27th  to discuss how veterans can help to ease the Water Sector’s impending workforce crisis.  If you are an AWWA member, you may participate at no cost.  Nonmembers will be charged $120.

The workforce crisis that’s been looming over the water sector for several years is finally upon us.  Water sector personnel with many years’ experience and knowledge are retiring in large numbers and must be replaced with dependable, competent workers.  Veterans and Service members getting ready to end their military service are great sources of qualified candidates.  Unfortunately, not only do they have a hard time finding us, we often do not know how to tap this market.  Veterans can ease the workforce crisis.  And, by employing Veterans, we are providing rewarding careers for soldiers who are returning to civilian life. This webinar will point to the proper course for locating and attracting these excellent candidates.  The speakers will be as follows:

  • Katie McCain – Chair, Veterans’ Workforce Initiative
  • Angela Wilcher – National Employment Coordinator, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Cynthia Rosas – Program Specialist/Veterans Education, Texas Veterans Commission
  • Col. Robert B. Hensley – Director, Central US Region Soldier For Life, US Army, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army

DATE:    May 27, 2015

TIME:    1:00-2:30PM (eastern)



Small System Webinar Series Looks at Cyanotoxins

EPA’s Office of Research and Development continues to offer its monthly webinar series on topics of interest to those who work with small systems.  The next event is scheduled for next week and will focus on Current Water Treatment and Distribution System Optimization for Cyanotoxins.

DATE:  Tuesday, May 26

TIME:   2:00-3:00PM (eastern)


This event includes two presentations – one on treatment strategies being adopted or considered by water treatment plants to remove algal toxins while meeting other treatment goals and one on cyanotoxins control options (oxidation and adsorption processes) supported by a case study based on data collected from multiple treatment facilities.

For more information, click this link ORD SmallSystems Webinar_May2015

Looking for the Basics of Capacity Development?

EPA’s webpage on Small Systems and Capacity Development is an excellent resource for state program staff relatively new to the issues and challenges of working to help small water systems attain and maintain their technical, managerial, and financial capabilities to provide potable water for their customers.  It also serves as a useful reminder for more seasoned staff about some of the early guidance and strategic approaches that helped to form and sustain the program.

By clicking this link, you can review what state and EPA staff have agreed are some of the best practices that can be applied to reenergize an aging capacity development program.  You can also take a look at the National Capacity Development Strategic Plan, an analysis of the use of the DWSRF setasides to promote capacity development, and how to improve security through using capacity self-assessments.  These are only a few of the guides, reports, and analyses available on this webpage.  Take a look!

EFCN and AWWA Collaborate on “Ask the Experts” Asset Management Webinar

On May 12, the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) are once again partnering to provide no cost training and information for small systems in the areas of asset management.  This webinar, Ask the Expert: A Unique Opportunity to Ask Your Asset Management Questions or Seek Advice on How to Begin, is made possible through a US EPA grant.  Although there is no cost or required AWWA membership to participate in this training, you must register in advance.

DATE:  Tuesday, May 12, 2015

TIME:   1:30-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Click this link:

If you have been to an asset management training or have considered or have 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 have tried and had difficulty with. This webinar offers a unique opportunity to ask any and all questions regarding asset management or implementing asset management plans.

Please send webinar questions to Khris Dodson at

Please send all other small system training questions to Kami Johle Butt at

Climate Adaptation Training for Local Governments

EPA has released a new, online Climate Adaptation Training for Local Governments. The 30 minute training module is designed to help local public officials, municipal staff, and community leaders prepare for the impacts that climate change may have on the services they provide to their communities. You may find it helpful in your work with smaller communities in demonstrating how planning ahead can help them be more sustainable and resilient.

The training module includes examples of effective resilience strategies that have been successfully implemented in several cities and towns across the nation, and it also provides information and resources to help local government officials get started with adaptation planning in their own communities. While not devoted solely to water, the module does include a section on water and wastewater services and impacts.

The training module was developed through EPA’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations with advice from EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee* (LGAC).  It is available online at: It is also accessible through the U.S. Climate Resiliency Toolkit:  A training module flyer is linked here Training Module Flyer – Final that you may find useful in sharing these materials.

*The LGAC is a formal advisory committee comprised of elected or appointed local, state, or tribal government officials.  This FACA group reports directly to the Administrator.

June Sustainability Webinar – Register Today

One of the most pressing challenges facing today’s utility leaders is building and maintaining understanding and support from ratepayers and the public at large.  To discuss that challenge, EPA’s Office of Water is hosting a webinar entitled, “Moving Toward Sustainability:  Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Water Utility Roadmap.”  Utility leaders representing both large and small communities will discuss innovative programs they are using to work with their communities and build support for the value of water infrastructure services, both environmentally and economically.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

DATE: June 25, 2015

TIME:  1:00-2:30 PM (eastern)


ATTACHMENT: Attachment – Practices Roadmap Webinar 3 Brochure 4-15-15 (3)