EFCN and AWWA Present “Asset Management: Tips and Tricks”

Our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) and AWWA are hosting another in their ongoing webinar series to support small system needs.  There is no cost to participate, but you must register in advance.

DATE:              Tuesday, September 29, 2015

TIME:               2:30-3:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Register

If you are involved in Asset Management activities at your water utility, or if you have considered using Asset Management, this webinar is for you. Three experienced asset managers have agreed to share some tips and tricks they’ve learned in their years of practicing asset management. Topics such as setting service level goals, assessing asset condition and determining asset risk will be discussed. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Registration questions?  Contact Laura Flagg lnflagg@syr.edu

Program questions?  Contact Dawn Nall efcnall@gmail.com


EPA Announces RFA for Next Round of Competitive Awards

On September 11, EPA announced that they are making $12,678,000 available (FY 15 funds) on a competitive basis for training and technical assistance to improve water quality and enable small public water systems to provide safe drinking water.  Under the Request for Applications (RFA), eligible applicants for these grants are nonprofit organizations, nonprofit private universities and colleges, and public institutions of higher education.   Eligible recipients of the training and technical assistance are small public water systems, small publicly-owned wastewater systems, communities served by onsite/decentralized wastewater systems, and owners of private wells.

Applications must address one of the following 4 National Priority Areas:

(1) Training and Technical Assistance for Small Public Water Systems to Achieve and Maintain Compliance with the SDWA (training and technical assistance for small public water systems to enable such systems to achieve and maintain compliance with the SDWA);

(2) Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Financial and Managerial Capacity and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water (training and technical assistance for small public water systems to build their financial and managerial capacity to provide safe drinking water over the long term);

(3) Training and Technical Assistance for Small Publicly-Owned Wastewater Systems and Onsite/Decentralized Wastewater Systems to Help Improve Water Quality (training and technical assistance to improve operational performance of wastewater systems over the long-term, thereby improving public health and water quality); or

(4) Training and Technical Assistance for Private Well Owners to Help Improve Water Quality (training and technical assistance to provide private well owners with information they need to protect their drinking water supply and improve water quality).

The deadline for applying for the funds is October 26, 2015. 

To download an application, or for more information, go to: http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/sdwa/smallsystemsrfa.cfm.  EPA expects to award the grants in winter, 2015-16.

EPA Publishes Operator Certification Compendium

PLEASE NOTE:  Since the original September 3 posting for this information, Idaho, Washington, Montana, North Dakota and Puerto Rico have all verified or updated their information.  The attached document now reflects these changes.

Our colleagues on the EPA OGWDW Sustainable Systems Team have prepared an updated compendium of state drinking water operator certification programs.  As you know, Section 1419(b) of the 1996 SDWA Amendments describes the conditions under which EPA would institute capitalization grant withholding unless the state adopts and implements an operator certification program.  This compendium is designed to serve as a reference tool for making comparisons among state programs for certifying operators of community water systems (CWSs) and nontransient noncommunity water systems (NTNCWSs). The attached document has two principal sections:

  • State Summaries of Existing Operator Certification programs (a detailed look at each state’s program)
  • Summary Table of Existing Operator Certification programs (a quick reference for comparison among state programs)

Please note that all state program information has been verified by the state Operator Certification Coordinator (current at time of publication), with the exception of the following states and one territory: Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Washington and Puerto Rico.

Questions?  Please contact Matt Reed at EPA:  reed.matthew@epa.gov.


DRAFT Summary of State Operator Certification Programs v1.1 (15Sep15)


AWWA and EFCN Offer More Helpful Webinars and Workshops

As you know, AWWA and the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) are partnering under a grant award from EPA to help meet the needs of small drinking water systems.  Below is the latest in their series of no cost web events geared toward small systems.  These two organizations are also partnering on a series of small system workshops.  See below for more information.  Note that for both the webinars and the workshops, you must register in advance to attend.

Identifying and Overcoming Challenges to Successful Water Utility Partnerships

Date:    September 11, 2015

Time:   1:30-3:00PM (eastern)

This webinar will explore the challenges water systems, particularly small water systems, face when entering into agreements and partnerships with other water systems. The webinar will examine a variety of partnership models, but will focus primarily on agreements to sell and buy water under different conditions.  Participants will have the opportunity to provide their opinions about how they evaluate entering into different types of agreements under different circumstances.

This webinar will provide attendees with:

  • a brief overview of water system agreements and common challenges and
  • several example case study scenarios

Find Money in the Water System Budget: Paying for Energy Improvements

 Date:    September 16, 2015

Time:   2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

This webinar will focus on energy savings performance contracting (ESPC). We will hear from a representative of an ESCO about how the firm does performance contracting for energy management projects, especially for water (and possibly wastewater) systems and from a small drinking water system professional about his experience with financing energy management projects for the utility, especially using an energy performance contracting model to pay for it.

In-Person Workshops

EFCN and AWWA are also partnering to provide in person workshops for small systems on subjects such as financial management, operator compliance training, and leadership and communication skills.

Here are a few workshops coming soon:

  • South Burlington, Vermont, 9/10
  • Arlington and Austin, Texas (respectively), 9/11 and 9/22-9/23
  • Clarksville, Georgia, 9/30
  • Morgantown, West Virginia, 10/1
  • Layton, Utah, 10/6

To register, learn more about the workshops, and to view additional locations, visit 2015 Workshops.

QUESTIONS?  For webinars: Khris Dodson at kdodson@syracusecoe.org; for training: Kami Johle Butt at kbutt@awwa.org