Mark Your Calendars!

Our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network will be hosting three web events in November that you may have an interest in.  We also encourage you to share these webinar opportunities with your water systems.

GRANT WRITING 101

 DATE:              Thursday, November 8

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

REGISTER:      Register Online

This webinar will introduce the basics of grant writing. You will learn how to craft more competitive grant applications and increase the success rate of your submissions.

We will focus on:

  • How to identify priority projects
  • Potential funding alternatives
  • Planning for a proposal
  • Mechanics of grant writing
  • How to find funding opportunities

We will also discuss how relationship building can support your proposal and how best to convey the needs of your organization to grant reviewers.

 

COLLECTING BREAK DATA:  WHY, HOW, AND WHAT FOR

DATE:              Tuesday, November 13

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

REGISTER:      Register Online

Does your system have water main leaks and breaks? Even if the answer isn’t yes right now, it will be in the future. All utilities suffer from pipe leaks and breaks. How can you best deal with this problem? One way is to collect as much information as possible on the leaks and breaks to help you address the issue in the future.

Collecting break data may be easier than you think, and if you collect the right information, it can be leveraged and analyzed to provide insight into system performance, pipe condition, operations and maintenance issues, water losses, developing and tracking level of service goals, and more. It also provides invaluable information for creating capital improvement plans.

In this webinar, we will discuss what kinds of break data you can and should collect, how to collect it, and demonstrate different ways that you can analyze that data to develop and meet your operational goals.

 

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS: SUPPORTING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE

DATE:     Thursday, November 15

TIME:     2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Register Online

Every day, regional development organizations (RDOs) are working to improve the lives of residents in communities across the country. Known locally as councils of governments, regional planning commissions, economic development districts, and other names, RDOs provide various types of support to their member communities in a host of service areas. RDOs can open the door to grant and loan funding, provide administrative support, and supply valuable staff support and access to technology. For rural places in particular, they can play a critical role in towns that may have limited capacity and resources. This webinar will provide an overview of RDOs and share case studies of RDOs in action across the country supporting their region’s water systems.

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State-Focused Webinar on the Latest EPA Training and Technical Assistance Grants for Small Drinking Water systems and Private Well Owners

DATE:              Thursday, November 1, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click here

EPA has awarded $25.4 million to 3 organizations (National Rural Water Association, Rural Community Assistance Partnership, and the Environmental Finance Center Network) to provide training and technical assistance to small drinking water system personnel to address common issues they face, such as lack of revenue, deteriorating infrastructure, lack of operations and maintenance planning, inadequate training, and poor performance. Assistance and training will also be provided to private well owners to help them better understand well performance, how to protect their drinking water quality, treatment options available, and where to seek assistance. These grants come with a two year performance period.

This event is designed specifically for state drinking water program personnel and EPA Regional staff.  Please join us for the webinar to learn more about each program!

Have questions?  Please contact Susanna Bains at EPA HQ bains.susanna@epa.gov