Need Help with Workforce Issues?

EPA’s Sustainable Systems Team invites you to join them and their partners (Department of Labor, AWWA, WEF, RCAP, and NRWA) for a webinar to explore new opportunities in workforce based on the updated Water & Wastewater Competency Model.

DATE:              June 14, 2016

TIME:               12:00-1:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      http://coffey.adobeconnect.com/i2wwcm/

The Water and Wastewater Competency Model provides a clear description of the core competencies required for field staff and operators in the water and wastewater field.  Want to take a look before the webinar?  Click this link Water and Wastewater Competency Model.  You can also go to the Competency Model Clearinghouse, sponsored by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to learn more about this process.  Here’s a flyer that contains more information about both the Model and the webinar Water and Wastewater Competency Rollout Webinar Final.

There are a limited number of connections for this web event, so arrive early, please!

Customer Assistance Program Webinar

The Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center (WIRFC) is hosting a webinar to showcase their compendium of assistance programs for drinking water and wastewater utility customers that have difficulty paying their bills.

DATE:              June 7, 2016

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

REGISTER:      http://customerassistanceprograms.eventbrite.com

This flyer CAP Webinar Flyer_06-07-16 contains more details.

Just a Reminder – Register Today

Start off your June with a trip down the money trail…AWWA and EFCN are partnering to bring you two web training events that look at funding options for your project and ways to save money on your system’s electric bill.  If you have not already done so, there is still time to register!

Navigating Funding Options for Water Infrastructure

DATE:              June 1, 2016

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1321411040660263426

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 Electric Bill + the new Energy Usage Baseline Tool

DATE:              June 8, 2016

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/73010144085636098

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 to learn how to understand your electric bill(s) and their various components; how to 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 how to 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.Webinar questions? Contact Khris Dodson at kdodson@syracusecoe.org.

Small System training questions?  Contact Kami Johle Butt at kbutt@awwa.org.

Mark Your Calendars!  Upcoming Webinars in May and June

We know everyone’s calendar fills up quickly.  So, don’t miss this opportunity to register early for upcoming web events brought to you by our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network and their partners at AWWA.

Click the event title to register and to learn more about the specific topic.

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

DATE:              May 23, 2016

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

 

Navigating Funding Options for Water Infrastructure

DATE:              June 1, 2016

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

 

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

DATE:              June 8, 2016

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

 

Successful Communication With Your Board

DATE:              June 16, 2016

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

 

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

DATE:              June 22, 2016

TIME:               1:30-2:30PM (eastern – note time change)

 

AWWA Hosting No Cost Small System Water Lost Audit Webinar

 

In collaboration with EFCN and under a grant award from EPA, AWWA is hosting a webinar titled Water Loss Audits – You’ve Collected Your Data, How Do You Know if it’s Any Good?

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.

DATE:              May 23, 2016

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

REGISTER:      http://efcnetwork.org/events/webinar-water-loss-audits-youve-collected-data-know-good/

Questions about the webinar? Contact Khris Dodson at kdodson@syracusecoe.org

Small system training questions? Contact Kami Johle Butt at kbutt@awwa.org

New HABs Information for Water Systems

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) do not respect the size of the community in which they can be found.  EPA’s Office of Research & Development, in their ongoing series of webinar topics of interest for small systems, is hosting Responding to Harmful Algal Blooms, Optimization Guidelines, and Sampling for Utilities.  Come hear two presenters, one from EPA’s ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL)  on Removal Capabilities of Common Treatment Processes and Facility Evaluation Strategies and Performance Improvement and one from Ohio EPA who will speak about Source and Finished Water Monitoring Options and Their Limitations and Benefits.

DATE:              Tuesday, May 31

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern) with additional 30 minute Q&A to follow

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2527901851570724355

There is no cost to participate in this web event; however you must register in advance.  Please share this opportunity with your colleagues and with the water systems under your purview.

An Interesting CUPSS Success Story

The Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) is holding their next Community call on May 24.

This call will feature a presentation by Art Astarita (RCAP Maine) who will share some “How to” suggestions for using CUPSS, as well as a real life example of five systems in Oxford County, Maine, who have developed a collective asset management plan and are beginning to discuss collaboration projects.  Art will discuss how he is facilitating these initial meetings and how the systems can benefit from partnering by presenting examples from other established Maine regional water councils.

 

DATE:              Tuesday, May 24, 2016

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=2718&evt=cupss052416

DBP Webinar Rescheduled

The original April 2016 EPA ORD Small Systems Webinar on Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs): Regulatory Issues and Solutions has now been rescheduled.  Please note, if you registered for the April webinar, you will have to re-register.

DATE:              Tuesday, June 14, 2016

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern) with an optional 30 minute Q&A to follow.

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2157851317379457539

The webinar will review Stage 2 DBPR requirements for monitoring, consecutive system considerations, and treatment technique requirements from Stage 1 that still apply.  The webinar will also look at how Washington State has worked to resolve DBP challenges for small systems.