New CUPSS Training

Want to know more about how CUPSS (the Check Up Program for Small Systems) works?  Want to become a CUPSS trainer?  Then the information below is for you!

This 6-hour webinar training is divided across three separate, two hour sessions.  It consists of comprehensive training on how to use CUPSS software to implement asset management practices at small water and wastewater systems.  Each session will contain an overview of a CUPSS module, followed by live demonstrations.  AND…participants who complete the assignments after each session will receive a CUPSS Trainers Certificate and will be included in the CUPSS Trainers Directory.

CUPSS Train-the-Trainer Session 1:  Setting up CUPSS and My Inventory:  Learn how to install and navigate CUPSS, create an asset inventory, and set up a customized asset report

DATE:              Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

TIME:               1:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=3525&evt=cupss4417

CUPSS Train-the-Trainer Session 2:  My O&M and My Finances:  Create your operation and maintenance tasks, enter finance information, and determine your financial forecast

DATE:              Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

TIME:               1:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=3526&evt=cupss41117

CUPSS Train-the-Trainer Session 3:  My CUPSS Plan, Advanced Features, and Tips for Trainers:  Create a custom asset management plan, CUPSS troubleshooting tips, and advanced features

DATE:              Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

TIME:               1:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=3528&evt=cupss41817

For questions or to receive more information, please email cupss@epa.gov.

EPA Selects the National Rural Water Association to Assist Region 8 Communities with Finance

EPA has selected the National Rural Water Association as the Environmental Finance Center to support technical assistance and training for municipalities within the jurisdiction of EPA Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY).  The award has been announced by EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center (WIRFC).  WIRFC manages and supports ten Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) located across the country to provide innovative solutions to communities to help manage the costs of environmental protection programs and activities. Since 1992, the EFCs have been working to promote sustainable environmental and financial practices throughout the United States.

EPA’s WIRFC (often called just the Water Finance Center) is an information and assistance center, helping communities make informed decisions for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure to protect human health and the environment.

March Webinars on Financials

Just a reminder – our EFCN and AWWA partners are facilitating helpful workshops on issues relating to financial capacity.  If you haven’t already done so, please register today!

Water Audits and Water Loss Control:  Gathering Your Data

DATE:              Wednesday, March 1

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

REGISTER:      Register

The hardest part of completing a water audit or determining the categories of your non-revenue water, by far, is just getting started. The first step is finding and collecting your data.  Knowing what data you need, where to look for it, what some of the potential issues with the data may be, and how you can improve data in the future is your starting place.  This webinar will cover all of those topics to help make it easier for you to start the process.

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Preparing Winning Financing Applications for Water Infrastructure Projects

 DATE:              Thursday, March 9

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

REGISTER:    Register

This webinar will showcase some of the federal funding programs related to financing water infrastructure projects.  It will highlight some tools that you can use to enhance your application, and better plan for the financial management of your utility.  Tools include intentional rate setting practices, asset management, capital improvement planning, and customer affordability analyses.

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Water Audits and Water Loss Control:  Entering Your Data into the Spreadsheet

DATE:              Wednesday, March 22

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

REGISTER:      Register

The water audit process starts by gathering your data. That process was described in the webinar on February 7th. Once the data is collected, you are ready to enter it into the free Water Audit Spreadsheet from AWWA.  This webinar will discuss how and where to enter the data as well as determining the appropriate data grades for your information.

EFCN and AWWA Partner on Small System Webinars

EFCN and AWWA, under the Competitive Award Grants provided by EPA, have shared a list of upcoming webinar opportunities for states, assistance providers, and small utilities.  See below for more details.

Communicating with the Public about Water Infrastructure

 DATE:              Thursday, February 9

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

REGISTER:      Register

Issues such as drinking water contaminants, algal blooms, and increased utility rates can put a community on edge.  This webinar will address how best to communicate with the public in a way that will garner support and encourage public engagement.  Participants will learn tools for communicating with their customers directly and through media outlets, as well as effective messaging for maximum impact.

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Financing for the Future – Financial Longevity for Municipal Operations

 DATE:              Thursday, February 16

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

REGISTER:      Register

With increasing demand on utilities, expanding or declining populations, and the need for future infrastructure repair, it is necessary to look beyond the sort term financial planning and look towards financing for the future.  This webinar will introduce methods that can be used for budgeting for the future.  Participants will gain an understanding of how they can project for future changes and risks, and create a financial plan that will ensure there is money to address these events as they occur.

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Water Audits and Water Loss Control:  Gathering Your Data

DATE:              Wednesday, March 1

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

REGISTER:      Register

The hardest part of completing a water audit or determining the categories of your non-revenue water, by far, is just getting started. The first step is finding and collecting your data.  Knowing what data you need, where to look for it, what some of the potential issues with the data may be, and how you can improve data in the future is your starting place.  This webinar will cover all of those topics to help make it easier for you to start the process.

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Preparing Winning Financing Applications for Water Infrastructure Projects

 DATE:              Thursday, March 9

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

REGISTER:    Register

This webinar will showcase some of the federal funding programs related to financing water infrastructure projects.  It will highlight some tools that you can use to enhance your application, and better plan for the financial management of your utility.  Tools include intentional rate setting practices, asset management, capital improvement planning, and customer affordability analyses.

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Water Audits and Water Loss Control:  Entering Your Data into the Spreadsheet

DATE:              Wednesday, March 22

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

REGISTER:      Register

The water audit process starts by gathering your data. That process was described in the webinar on February 7th. Once the data is collected, you are ready to enter it into the free Water Audit Spreadsheet from AWWA.  This webinar will discuss how and where to enter the data as well as determining the appropriate data grades for your information.

Two New Webinars from EFCN

The Environmental Finance Center Network and AWWA as their partner, are hosting two new webinars that focus on support for small systems.  Registration is open, so sign up today!

Communicating with the Public about Water Infrastructure

 DATE:              Thursday, February 9, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7322447653661851652

This webinar will address how best to communicate with the public in a way that will garner support and encourage public engagement.  Participants will learn tools for communicating with their customers directly and through media outlets, as well as effective messaging for maximum impact.

 

Financing for the Future – Financial Longevity for Municipal Operations

DATE:              Thursday, February 16, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2018195753572953604

This webinar will introduce methods that can be used for budgeting for the future.  Participants will gain an understanding of how they can project for future changes and risks, and create a financial plan that will ensure there is money to address these events as they occur.  Topics to be covered include:

+ Projecting for future scenarios

+ Tracking and benchmarking financial performance

+ Creating financial plans that will extend beyond those that are currently being used

Two New Webinars from EFCN

Mark your calendars now for two new small system focused webinars from our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) as part of their training and assistance grant from EPA.

Ask the Expert – Advice on Water System Partnerships

 DATE:              January 12, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4679240390727658755

This event explores ways that water systems can partner or collaborate to enhance their performance and capabilities.  The webinar also looks at many of the ‘where do I start and what should I avoid and how do I retain control of my system’ type questions that frequently arise in partnership discussions.  This online forum offers an opportunity for you to ask any and all questions related to water system partnerships and regionalization options.

Achieving Revenue Stability through Your Water Rate Structure

 DATE:              January 19, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/132920338571523331

This webinar will explain how demand changes affect revenues and how water utilities can improve their revenue stability by modifying their rate structure design.  The vast majority of a water utility’s revenues is directly dependent on the volume of water sold to customers.  Water demand fluctuates from year to year, and numerous studies have shown that average residential demands are decreasing, placing much of a utility’s revenue at risk.

 

Capacity Development & Asset Management Webinar

EPA’s Office of Research and Development continues its monthly webinar series by taking a look at how capacity development and asset management integrate to enhance system performance.

DATE:              Tuesday, November 29

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern) with optional Q&A until 3:30

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/985863185944838658

The goal of the Capacity Development program is to strengthen technical, managerial and financial capacity of public water systems to reliably provide safe drinking water.  Asset management provides a framework that helps water systems make informed decisions about their water infrastructure management.  How they can work together to strengthen system service to their customers and compliance with Federal SDWA requirements will be shared during this event.

Demystifying Depreciation and How to Make Use of It

Our colleagues in the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) are hosting a new webinar that focuses on how depreciation of water assets can help with infrastructure decisions.

DATE:              Thursday, December 1

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5288948175631762435

As water infrastructure ages, it loses value due to wear and tear. The accounting term that represents this reduction in value is depreciation. Where does this number come from? What does it actually mean? And how can it be used to improve the management of water systems?

This webinar will:

  • Explain how accountants measure depreciation for water systems,
  • Discuss the differences in the depreciated value of water assets as measured by accountants vs. their actual condition, and
  • Explore ways that depreciation can be incorporated into long-term system planning.

This webinar is most appropriate for individuals who make financial and managerial decisions on behalf of their water systems such as managers, budget and finance officers, clerks, and governing board members.

EPA to Host Drinking Water Best Practices Webinar

On September 28, sign on to hear EPA Region 3 discuss the Delaware Drinking Water Asset Management Grant Program.  This program was selected as one of the “best practices” to be included in the 2015 National Water Program Performance, Trends, and Best Practices Report.

 

DATE:              September 28

TIME:               3:00-4:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      On the day of the event, Join Here.  There is no advance registration.

 

 

Affordability and Succession Planning Webinar Reminders

Just a Reminder – Two Helpful Webinars from EFCN and AWWA

Are Your Rates Too High – Looking at Affordability of Water Rates

DATE:  September 13, 2016

TIME:   2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  http://efcnetwork.org/events/webinar-rates-high-looking-affordability-water-rates

This webinar will demonstrate how the “Water and Wastewater Residential Rates Affordability Assessment Tool” can be used to assess the level of affordability in the community, using parameters beyond the Median Household Income (MHI). The webinar will also include information and resources on how to design an assistance program for those customers who cannot afford their water bills. The programs highlighted will include options related to rates, as well as water efficiency.

 

Succession Planning

DATE:  September 15

TIME:   2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTERhttp://efcnetwork.org/events/webinar-succession-planning/

With an aging workforce and declining interest and engagement from younger professionals entering the workforce, developing a succession plan is a vital component to managing water infrastructure. This webinar will touch on the topics of recruitment, retention and will do a detailed review of how to develop a succession plan.