AWWA Offers Free Op Cert Exam Prep Materials

Our colleagues at AWWA are offering two helpful reference sheets – one on math and one on chemistry – that operators may find useful as they study for their certification exams.  As AWWA says, “These reference sheets contain useful formulas, conversions and other pieces of information that you may need to know for your operator certification exam.  Check with your state for more specific instructions on what you need to know.”

 

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EFCN Partners Host Several Useful Small Systems Webinars

Managing Disasters Before Disasters Strike

DATE:              Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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

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This webinar will explore emergency management and resilience strategies that can help small systems prepare for disasters. Discussions will cover trends in hazards, critical infrastructure stressors, and what steps small systems can take to adapt to an uncertain future.

Understanding the Root Cause of a Problem at Your Water System

DATE:              Thursday, October 18, 2018

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

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Understanding the root cause of a problem at your water system is the crucial first step in addressing the issue appropriately. This webinar will introduce and demonstrate two tools that will help water operators and managers get to the root cause of a difficult problem. The first tool is a line of inquiry called Five Why’s. The second is using a lens through which you can examine the problem from different perspectives, called PESTEL. By using these tools, water operators and managers can ensure that they define the problem correctly, so they can apply the right methods, and maximize the efficiency of their staff time, money, and other resources.

Working Together to Protect Your Drinking Water Source

DATE:              Thursday, October 25, 2018

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

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There are many benefits of collaborative relationships between water utilities, land conservation agencies and land trusts, and municipalities and counties to protect drinking water sources facing development pressure. Collaboration is not easy, however, and does not come naturally to all involved. This webinar will outline the benefits of collaboration as well as how to overcome any challenges that may arise. Panelists will share both the successes and lessons learned from getting outside their comfort zones and forging new partnerships

Risk and Resilience: Assessing Vulnerability for Coastal Communities

DATE:              Friday, November 2, 2018

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

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In light of an ever-changing climate and increasingly stressed infrastructure, we must take steps towards preventing and mitigating the duration and severity of water service interruptions. This webinar will discuss the importance of understanding risk, explore what it means to be a resilient coastal system, and suggest strategies for conducting basic vulnerability assessments.

Joint Webinar – DWSRF and Capacity Building in Action – Workforce Development and Operator Training

Interested in learning about how DWSRF set-asides can be used for workforce development and operator training activities?

DATE:              Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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

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Join EPA DWSRF and Sustainable Systems Teams for a webinar to hear about Iowa’s Water and Wastewater Treatment Technology Diploma Program, Tennessee’s Fleming Training Center for operators, and EPA’s workforce resources and tools.