EPA Leans in to Water System Partnerships

EPA has launched a new interactive website https://www.epa.gov/dwcapacity/water-system-partnerships to increase awareness about the benefits of drinking water partnerships.  EPA describes partnerships as “…tools to help address the challenges water systems face, with options ranging from informal arrangements, such as sharing equipment, to transferring ownership of a system through consolidation.

Drinking water system partnerships provide opportunities to increase capacity by working together to solve compliance challenges, share costs of operations and maintenance activities, and leverage other resources. EPA’s new website highlights ways partnerships can address these challenges, leading to enhanced public health by working together and sharing information.

The Partnerships website also outlines benefits for state programs such as improved compliance, resource savings, improved customer relations and the potential for a reduction in the number of systems to be regulated.  There’s also a clickable map that briefly describes, by state, the available types of partnership resources.

EPA’s Water System Partnership website provides states, communities, utilities and others with a user-friendly interface to explore the different types of partnerships, success stories across the nation, and national and state resources.  We encourage you to check it out!

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EFCN Hosts January Webinars

Time for New Year’s resolutions!  Why not brush up on your water pricing and asset mapping skills?  Our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) are offering two new webinars for the month of January…

 

Pricing Water for Full Cost Recovery – How Different Rate Structures Impact Different Customers

DATE:              Thursday, January 18

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

REGISTER:      Register

Water rates should ideally bring in enough revenue to cover the cost of providing water service today and into the future. This webinar will demonstrate how water systems can calculate price levels under different rate structures to achieve full cost recovery and then look at how those various rate structures impact a range of customers with different levels of monthly water consumption

Intermediate Asset Management – Benefits of Mapping Your Assets

DATE:              Tuesday, January 30

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

REGISTER:      Register

Mapping your system’s assets and collecting asset inventory data can provide tremendous benefit to your system, including operations and maintenance efficiency, emergency response/repair, short and long-term capital planning, and knowledge management. Gathering this information and turning it into actionable data and knowledge through proper visualization of the data can aid decision-making. This hour-long webinar will discuss techniques and tools you can use to begin your asset inventory and system map, as well how these activities can begin your overall asset management program.

Talking About Water Loss…

  During ASDWA’s October 2017 Annual Conference, the topic of water loss and water audits came up.  What tools are out there that might be helpful in trying to prevent, identify, and correct water loss in a community?  One free tool is AWWA’s Water Audit Software.  You may download it at no cost here from AWWA’s website.

Their description of this audit tool includes the following…This spreadsheet-based water audit tool [is] designed to help quantify and track water losses associated with water distribution systems and identify areas for improved efficiency and cost recovery…Version 5.0 introduces a new Water Loss Dashboard with interactive graphical analyses as well as a new Comments page allowing the water auditor to capture essential information pertaining to the audit (data sources, assumptions, calculations, etc.). In addition, the overall color scheme and layout have also been improved

Take a look at this tool and consider recommending it to your water systems that may be experiencing water loss.

Webinar – Training Your Board Members

The Environmental Finance Center Network in collaboration with AWWA are hosting a webinar titled Water System Management and Finance for Board Members

DATE:              Wednesday, November 29

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

REGISTER:      Click Register

This webinar is designed to be an educational tool to assist board/council members in understanding and operating their water business.

Water is a business! City Councils and rural water district boards have a lot to consider: water pressure, meeting all federal and state regulations and standards, and making rates affordable. In fact, their job is making the right choices about complex managerial and financial decisions of running a high quality water utility. Boards/councils need to know the pros and cons concerning managerial and financial decisions about water. Like any business, there are risks and options, but is your board/council keeping them in mind?

 

Sign up today for this webinar and find out!

Want to Talk Asset Management?

The Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) is hosting another webinar in their “Ask the Expert” series.  This month, they are focusing on asset management.

The webinar, Ask the Expert: A Unique Opportunity to Ask Your Asset Management Questions or Seek Advice on How to Begin, is scheduled for:

DATE:              Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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

REGISTER:      Click Register

If your water systems have been to an asset management training or have considered or even started asset management activities, they 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?  They may have specific questions regarding something they’ve tried and had difficulty with. This webinar will provide individuals with a unique opportunity to ask any and all questions about asset management or implementing asset management.  State staff should also participate in this Q&A event…you never know what you may learn!

CUPSS Training in October

CUPSS Training in October

 

Want to be a CUPSS trainer?  Need to refresh your CUPSS knowledge?  Join EPA in October to go through all three elements of the CUPSS Train-the-Trainer series.  CUPSS stands for Check Up Program for Small systems…and is a simple tool to help small systems work through establishing an asset management program.

 

CUPSS Train-the-Trainer Session 1

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern

Setting up CUPSS and My Inventory: Learn how to install and navigate CUPSS, create an asset inventory, and set up a customized asset report.

Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7091399584598651651

 

CUPSS Train-the-Trainer Session 2

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern

My O&M and My Finances: Create your operation and maintenance tasks, enter finance information, and determine your financial forecast.

Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6474146950904953859

 

CUPSS Train-the-Trainer Session 3

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017, 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern

My CUPSS Plan, Advanced Features, and Tips for Trainers: Create a custom asset management plan, CUPSS troubleshooting tips, and advanced features.

Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3165407500159574275

 

New DWSRF/Capacity Development Webinar

Our EPA colleagues invite you to participate in the latest in their Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Capacity Building in Action webinar series.  This month’s event features Water Loss Management.

DATE:              Thursday, September 28, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4454147278099119107

Water auditing and loss control programs provide effective ways for a utility to conserve water, save operating expenses, and increase revenues. DWSRF set-asides can be used to fund water loss management activities to help build system capacity. This webinar will include an overview of water loss regulatory developments, research on water loss data and widespread challenges faced by systems.  It will also showcase results from states, including Georgia, California, Utah, and Hawaii that have adopted programs using the AWWA M36 Methodology.

UNC EFC Webinar on Designing Rate Structures

  Our colleagues at the University of North Carolina’s Environmental Finance Center are hosting a webinar titled Designing Water Rate Structures that Support Your Utility’s Objectives.

 

DATE:              Thursday, August 24

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1399131129069493505

Different rate structure designs affect revenue generation and can either help or hinder varying objectives of the utility.  This webinar will describe different elements of water and wastewater rate structures, and when it is appropriate to favor certain elements or rate structure designs based on the unique characteristics and objectives of the utility.

 

EPA Posts New Asset Management Best Practices Doc and Hosts Webinar

The new asset management document, Successfully Protecting Your Investment in Drinking Water Infrastructure: Best Practices from Communities and Local Experts, is now on the website and EPA is co-hosting a roll-out webinar with USDA.

DATE:              Wednesday, August 30

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3612921926027444225

Two case studies from the document will be highlighted.  Presenters Larry Paine (Hillsboro, KS) and Mario Leone (Monaca Borough, PA) will discuss some of the challenges faced by their water systems and how asset management provided them with solutions and benefits for their communities.

UNC’s Environmental Finance Center Hosts Webinar on Private Utilities

 

 

 

 

The University of North Carolina’s EFC is hosting a webinar on Private Water and Sewer Companies – Understanding What Their Role May Be with Your System

DATE:              Wednesday, August 9

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

Register:          Register Here

There is a lot of talk about private investors helping with infrastructure investment needs. You may be wondering why they may be interested in your system and if you should be interested in them.

If you are trying to understand more about private water and sewer companies, you probably have many questions. For example:

  • Who are they and how does a private system work?
  • What is your role?
  • What can and can’t they do for you?
  • What about a partnership?

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to ask any and all questions about partnering with private water companies.