Plan Ahead – EFCs Offering Lots of Info!

The Environmental Finance Center Network has just released their schedule of upcoming webinar events focusing on small water system issues.  Check the listings below and save the dates now before your summer schedule gets filled up!

Water Loss Audits – You’ve Collected Your Data, How Do You Know If It’s Any Good?

DATE:              Monday, May 23

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)


You understand the importance of completing a water audit and you’ve collected the necessary information to fill out AWWA’s spreadsheet. Now you need to validate that data with scores. How do you determine if your data is good, bad or in between? This webinar will help you understand the validation process used by AWWA and give you tools to simplify the process. Once you understand the scoring process and have validated your data your total score provides you with some information. How that score can guide your decision making in reducing water loss will also be explained.


Navigating Funding Options for Water Infrastructure

DATE:              Wednesday, June 1

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)


Many small drinking water systems across the country need to access financing in order to rehabilitate or expand their water infrastructure. There are a several programs established at the federal or state level to finance such projects. However, it can be difficult for a smaller community to wade through these options in order to determine which program(s) may be a good fit for the community’s needs. This webinar will introduce some of the more common financing programs. It will include a demonstration of where to access information on these programs online. There will also be a demonstration of two recent steps at the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program to streamline the application process for drinking water systems. These include the common template for the Preliminary Engineering Reports, as well as the new RDApply online application process.


Where Am I Starting From? Understanding Your Water System’s Electric Bill + the new Energy Usage Baseline Tool

DATE:              Wednesday, June 8

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)


For many water systems, the electric (or energy) bill is one of the largest operating expenses regularly incurred by the water system. It is also one of the most controllable operating expenses a water system will have. In order to begin to save money from energy conservation measures, it is first necessary to know where you are starting from.  This webinar will help you:

+  Learn how to understand your electric bill(s) and their various components;

+  Compare different electricity rate schedules (if available from your electricity provider) as a means of looking for a more cost-saving, advantageous rate schedule (similar to shopping for the best cell phone plan you can find); and

+  Use the Environmental Finance Center’s new Energy Usage Baseline tool, an Excel-based tool to help you establish the baseline of electricity usage for your water system, and track the effectiveness of energy conservation measures across time that you adopt.


Successful Communication With Your Board

DATE:              Thursday, June 16

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)



Water system managers, directors, supervisors and operators may all have to report to a board of directors, commission or council frequently or on an occasional basis. This can be a nerve-wracking and uncertain experience for many people. This webinar will cover what needs to be covered in discussions with board members, what can (generally) be left out and how to present information and recommendations to ensure a continued safe supply of water for your utility.


Completing an Energy Audit – What You Need to Do Your Own

DATE:              Wednesday, June 22

TIME:               1:30-2:30PM (eastern)


If you are interested in completing your own energy audit, this webinar will provide you with the information you need to be successful. By completing an energy audit you will be able to see what the energy costs are to run each piece of equipment you use at your utility. This information can then be used to help determine if there are potential operational changes, size changes or other changes that could be made that would save the utility operations money that could be better used elsewhere


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