Communicating Water to Influence Decision Makers

The EFCN, in collaboration with AWWA, has added another webinar to their ongoing series.

DATE:              July 7, 2016

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


This webinar will introduce small water systems to a different approach to developing PowerPoint presentations that both inform and move decision-makers to positive action.  Participants will learn how to target their audiences with appropriate messages whether they are trying to reach their bosses, boards, or communities.


Imagine a Day Without Water

Imagine: no water to drink, or even to make coffee with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn’t put out fires and farmers couldn’t water their crops.  Some communities in America already know how impossible it is to try to go a day without our most precious resource.  The Value of Water Coalition announces September 15, 2016, as the 2nd Annual Day of Action as we all try to imagine what our lives would be like during a day without water.

The Coalition invites you to join them on that day to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water in our daily lives.  In 2015, one hundred and eighty-five organizations nationwide joined forces to communicate the importance of safe, reliable water infrastructure.  Together these organizations generated more than six million impressions on social media.  The goal is to make an even bigger impact in 2016.

Want to know more about a day without water or what you can do in 2016?  Click here


NEW Webinar Series:  DWSRF and Capacity Building in Action

The DWSRF (Drinking Water State Revolving Fund) and Sustainable Systems Teams at EPA are hosting a series of webinars to highlight ways in which DWSRF set-asides and infrastructure project assistance can be used to build capacity at drinking water systems.  Each webinar will include background on EPA initiatives, state presentations on current projects, and discussion on future possibilities.

The first webinar will look at Sanitary Surveys.  How can DWSRF be used to fund sanitary surveys?  How are state programs collaborating to address capacity concerns at drinking water systems through the use of sanitary surveys?  Join the webinar to learn the answers to these questions.


DATE:              Thursday, July 28, 2016

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


13th Annual EPA Drinking Water Workshop for Small Systems Challenges and Solutions

To support the efforts of state and local officials to assist small systems, EPA, in cooperation with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), invites you to attend the 13th annual Small Systems Workshop. This free workshop will provide timely information on a variety of drinking water topics relevant to small systems. Past workshops have attracted nearly 300 participants including around  100 state personnel representing 40 state drinking water programs.

DATE:              August 23-26, 2016

SITE:               Cincinnati, OH

REGISTER:      Workshop Information and Registration

Topics for this year’s Workshop include:  Lead and Copper Rule; Revised Total Coliform Rule; Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule; Health Advisories; distribution system issues, including lead and lead service lines, pathogens and biofilms, disinfection, and disinfection byproducts; monitoring and treatment, including emerging contaminants, harmful algal blooms and cyanotoxins, inorganics, tools, and analytics; and other small system information.

RTCR Webinar for Small Systems

As part of its ongoing series, EPA’s ORD is hosting a new small system focused webinar on RTCR for Small Systems.

DATE:              Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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


This event will offer two presentations – one on Federal RTCR requirements applicable to small systems and the other on RTCR implementation from a state’s perspective (Ohio).  More information about this webinar may be found here ORDSmallSystemsWebinar_June2016

Do You Know About SCWIE?

The Small Community Water Infrastructure Exchange (SCWIE) is a network of water funding officials.  Under the auspices of the Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities (CIFA), a group of public and non-profit environmental funding and technical assistance officials have come together to create SCWIE.

SCWIE is designed for state staff who work with small and/or rural communities on their infrastructure needs.  The SCWIE website offers peer to peer communication opportunities to share information about funding activities, challenges or solutions.  As well, the SCWIE website uses a state by state searchable format to find the names and contact information for all the key small community contacts.  If there is a small community coordinating group in a state, the contact person is listed as well a link to the group’s web site (if there is one).

For more information on SCWIE, go to

MORE Webinar Opportunities from EFCN

In addition to the webinars co-presented with their AWWA training partners, the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) has just shared information about additional webinar topics that they will present in June and July.  Please share these opportunities with your colleagues in the water community.  See below for details…

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

DATE:              Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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.  Dawn Nall of the Southwest Environmental Finance Center is the presenter.


Ask the Expert:  Ask Your Asset Management Questions or Seek Advice on How to Begin

DATE:              Thursday, June 30, 2016

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


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 at your utility.  Heather Himmelberger, Director of the Southwest Environmental Finance Center, is the presenter.


Keys to Recruiting Qualified Water Utility Staff

DATE:              Thursday, July 21, 2016

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


What are your utility’s most valuable assets? Nope, it’s not your pumps or your lines, it’s your employees. Learn how to find and recruit water utility staff. In this session you will discover the barriers to attracting job applicants and the selling points you can use to find and attract qualified employees.  Tonya Bronleewe of the Wichita State Environmental Finance Center is the presenter.


Regular vs. Splash-less Chlorine for Disinfection

Did you know…When disinfecting a [private] well, use the ‘tried and true’ regular chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite concentration).  Splash-less bleach is a little thicker than regular household bleach.  It is less likely to splash, but the sodium hypochlorite concentration is only 1-5%.  It isn’t strong enough to sanitize and disinfect, as the label warns.

This interesting fact, and other useful information on maintaining private wells, is available in the latest online Well Owners Network newsletter published by the Water Systems Council.  If you would like to see more articles and learn more about this newsletter, click