EFCN Hosts Workforce and Capital Planning Webinars

Our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) are offering two webinars in June that may be just what you’re looking for…

 

Sigh up for the EFCN webinar titled Ask the Expert:  Workforce Development

DATE:              Thursday, June 8

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/311472233766650883

This no cost webinar will include a brief overview of several of the major components of workforce development including recruitment, succession planning, and evaluating performance. This webinar will allow extended additional time for questions and discussion from the audience.

 

Join EFCN a week later for another free webinar, this one to Ask the Expert:  Advice on Capital Planning for Your Water System

DATE:              Wednesday, June 14

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2332795720187920899

This online forum offers a unique opportunity to ask any and all questions regarding water system capital planning.  If you are interested in undertaking long term planning for your system, this is your chance to ask some of the tough questions…where do I start; are capital plans and asset management plans the same thing; what types of assets belong in a capital plan; how can I tie needed capital improvements to change my rates; what resources or software will help me make a good plan???

Reminder – Water Audits & Water Loss Control Webinar Series – Part 3

Water Audits and Water Loss Control:  I’ve Completed My Water Audit, Now What? is Part 3 of a series of webinars (earlier presentations on data gathering for an audit and how to enter data into a spreadsheet took place in March) presented jointly by AWWA and EFCN.

DATE:              May 3, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3619247413658296577

This webinar will help participants to:

  • Understand the need to examine data validity before taking any other actions
  • Understand the tools that can be used to address unbilled metered usage, apparent losses, and real losses
  • Learn how to base the use of tools on the volumes and values of each category.

Separately, our AWWA colleagues are offering a no cost training opportunity via eLearning:

2-hour Financial Sustainability for Small Systems eLearning Course:  This eLearning course focuses on 3 major areas needed by small systems to achieve financial sustainability; including understanding enterprise funds and their revenues, as well as an overview of what is needed to protect public health through safe water.  > Register

Become a CUPSS Trainer or Learn More about Asset Management

Just a reminder that next week begins the April EPA CUPSS Train-the-Trainer series.  Three sessions are on offer:

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 4, 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 11, 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 18, 2017

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

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

NOTE:  If you attend all three sessions and complete the required assignments after each session, you will receive a CUPSS Trainer Certificate as well as have your name put into the CUPSS Trainers Directory.  However, feel free to sit in on any of the webinars – even if you’re not planning to become a CUPSS trainer.

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.