Ask the Experts – Energy Management in Water Supply and Distribution Systems

Our EFCN colleagues invite you to participate in a question and answer session about utility energy management…with an emphasis on small systems.

DATE:              September 12, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8709969758603941378

Join Nick Willis (Wichita State EFC) and Dawn Nall (Southwest EFC) to discuss common areas of energy usage in water treatment, pumping, and distribution systems.  Processes such as energy usage in buildings and grounds and losses due to water loss will also be covered.

One AWWA Operator Scholarship

Our colleagues at WaterOperator.org frequently find interesting information to share.  In their most recent (August 18) newsletter, they write about a scholarship opportunity for water system operators available through AWWA sections.  See below for the article…

The One AWWA Operator Scholarship is a partnership between AWWA and its sections to address the need for present and future operators.  This scholarship allows each section to provide educational and training scholarships for operators. These can be used for water-related associate degrees, technical school programs, professional training programs, books, manuals and operator-focused conferences.

The Scholarship will be awarded at the section-level using each individual section’s application, criteria and deadlines. Many sections already offer scholarships, and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship will simply follow existing processes. Want to find out more? Contact Michelle Hektor at AWWA.

Thanks to WaterOperator.org for sharing such useful information!

A States ‘Save the Date’

  ASDWA and EPA’s Water Finance Center are joining forces to bring you information about a new resource – the Water Finance Clearinghouse.  We are planning for an hour-long webinar from 1:00-2:00PM (eastern) on September 28.

As stated on the Center’s website, “The Water Finance Center provides financing information to help local decision makers make informed decisions for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure to protect human health and the environment.”  The new Clearinghouse is a searchable database of information on available financing tools drawn from state programs, city and county initiatives, and utility organization tools and strategies.  You can also search for information on funding availability such as SRFs, CDBG funding, foundation-supported grant programs, etc.

So, mark your calendars today and stay tuned for more information about this web opportunity targeted specifically for state drinking water program staff.

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.

New EPA Water Finance Clearinghouse

Have you been looking for information to help your water systems better understand their financing options?  EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center (WIRFC) may have the answers you need.

Last week, EPA’s WIRFC launched the Water Finance Clearinghouse, a web‐based portal to help communities make informed financing decisions for their drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs. The Clearinghouse provides communities with a searchable database with more than $10 billion in water funding sources and lists more than 550 resources to support local water infrastructure projects.  It consolidates and expands upon existing EPA-supported databases to create a one-stop-shop for all community water finance needs.  Working in real time, states, as well as other water sector stakeholders, can add new resources to the Clearinghouse through the Contributor Portal.

Want to know more about how it works?  EPA is hosting a series of hour long “how to” webinars for the Clearinghouse on August 3, 14, 18, 24, and 31 between 2 and 3PM (eastern).  You can register for one of the webinars here.

 

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.

 

EPA SST Publishes Workgroup Best Practices Guide

The new asset management document, titled Successfully Protecting Your Investment In Drinking Water Infrastructure: Best Practices from Communities and Local Experts, is now posted on the EPA website!

https://www.epa.gov/dwcapacity/successfully-protecting-your-investment-drinking-water-infrastructure-0

The document reflects the efforts and contributions of the Asset Management workgroup (2015-2016) established under the 2015 National Capacity Development & Operator Certification Workshop.  Please share the document with others in your state who have an interest in asset management and drinking water infrastructure.

EPA is planning to host a roll-out webinar in August that will feature presentations from some of the local decision makers included in the document.  Look for more information in the near term.

Reminder – Upcoming DWSRF/Cap Dev Asset Management Webinar

If you haven’t already done so, you may want to register for the June 28 hour long n(1:00-2:00PM eastern) webinar on Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Capacity Building in Action:  Asset Management.  CapCertConnections originally posted information about this event on June 7.

For this webinar, EPA’s Susanna Bains (Sustainable Systems Team) and Kiri Anderer (DWSRF Team) will share background information and discuss their perspectives on asset management activities.  Luis Adorno (NH) and Ashley Lucht (VT) will present their respective state’s efforts on asset management funding programs, incentives, and assistance offered through the DWSRF set-asides to promote asset management.

Click http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=3795&evt=062817 to register.

EFCN & AWWA Offer Two New Webinars for July

Telling Your Water Story

DATE:              Tuesday, July 18

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7226104048161113345

What makes an effective story?  Why is story important to moving your audience and how does it trigger action?  Facts alone do not change people’s minds.  Learn how to use story to engage your stakeholders and gather their support for critical infrastructure issues.

Messaging Water to Your Stakeholders

DATE:              Thursday, July 20

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6631323233115709441

Why do some water infrastructure efforts fail and others succeed?  Do your stakeholders perceive your projects as a cost or benefit?  This webinar is designed to help participants understand and use the concept of messaging to motivate stakeholders to support water infrastructure improvements, rate increases, and other hard to sell projects.

New Webinar in the DWSRF/Capacity Building Series

 

 

The next in the ongoing DWSRF and Sustainable Systems Team webinar series will look at how the DWSRF set asides can be used to promote asset management practices.

DATE:              Wednesday, June 28

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

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=3795&evt=062817

Join EPA’s Susanna Bains (SST) and Kiri Anderer (DWSRF) to gain insights into the background of asset management efforts to date and then listen as Luis Adorno (NH) and Ashley Lucht (VT) describe their respective state’s asset management funding programs, incentives, and assistance offered through the DWSRF set aside program.