August CUPSS Community Call

Are you part of the CUPSS Community?  Do you want to know more?  EPA’s Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) is an easy to use tool to help small systems begin to take advantage of the benefits of asset management.  Register today for the August CUPSS Community call and learn all about it!

DATE:              August 3, 2017

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

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=3906&evt=080317

On this call, Jason Sparks from Florida Rural Water Association will present on the use of the CUPSS Asset Import Template within a mapping system to assist utilities in creating asset management plans.  Separately, Maxime Israel from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will present on their new CUPSS Mobile Assistant application. There will also be discussion on the new enhancements in CUPSS version 1.3.10.

Join us in August to learn more about these new tools!

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.

ABC Tests New Exam

Our colleagues at the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) are sharing information about their new standardized exams for water treatment, wastewater treatment, collection, and distribution operator certification.  The new exams will not include any regulations-based content.  States may opt for a separate program-specific module.  Although the operator will view it as a single testing experience, it will be a separate test with separate scoring.  ABC is piloting the new test now and hopes to have results by the end of the summer.

For details on the new testing protocol, an explanation of the rationale behind the change, and more information on testing options and scoring, please click this link to read the ABC letter.  Letter to Industry on Pilot and Standardized exams  Questions should be directed to ABC at abc@abccert.org

 

 

 

RTCR Webinar Training for States and EPA Regions

EPA has heard about the RTCR issue related to the number of repetitive triggers that a water system can encounter.  To explore this and other common RTCR implementation issues, EPA will host a webinar on June 22.  See below for details:

 

Title US EPA Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) Training — State Approaches to Managing Multiple Treatment Technique Trigger Events
Date and Time June 22, 2017 (2:00 pm-3:00 pm ET)
Audience States and US EPA Regions.  Technical Assistant Providers are welcome to register.
Short Description/ Objective Three States will present their approaches, tools, challenges and lessons-learned for managing multiple treatment technique (TT) trigger events that have occurred among PWSs over a 12-rolling month period.  Register to learn:

·State determination of the appropriate type of assessment (i.e. Level 1/Level 2);

·State management of increased monitoring due to multiple TT-triggers;

·State process for communication and outreach to the PWS;

·State mechanisms/tools used to communicate and track.

CEU/Certifications? None provided by US EPA
Registration Link http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=3756&evt=062217

 

EPA Webinar Series to Focus on Partnerships

EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) hosts a monthly webinar to focus on small system issues.  This month, ORD has selected Water System Partnerships.

DATE:              Tuesday, May 30

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8508858086518235395

Join Ellen Tarquinio (EPA OGWDW) and Chad Fisher (CalEPA) as they work through some of the small system challenges that may be resolved through a variety of partnership opportunitiess.  Ellen will provide an introduction to the various types of water system partnerships and how these can benefit small water systems.  Chad will focus on small water system challenges, the advantages of consolidation, the California process and will describe two consolidation case studies.

EPA Sustainable Systems Team Shares Tabletop Exercise

EPA’s Sustainable Systems Team has developed a Tabletop Exercise and Facilitators Guide that states and assistance providers may want to use on their own.  The Sustainable Systems Team has worked through this Exercise a couple of times at National and Regional workshops and the response has been very positive.

The Exercise assigns roles for a variety of state programs and works through a project list that needs input from each of the respective roleplayers.  Projects are prioritized and funding, compliance, and/or assistance decisions are made based on that input.  As noted in the provided materials, the purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate that a better understanding of other state roles, increased communication, and collaboration among different roles, will result in better, more holistic, PWS assistance.  Here’s the link to the Exercise and Facilitator’s Guide:  https://www.epa.gov/dwcapacity/table-top-exercise-collaborating-across-state-drinking-water-programs-support-sustainable

ABC Looks for Volunteer Participants

Our colleagues at the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) are looking for volunteers interested in taking their new Professional Operator Certification exam as part of a pilot test to ensure that the exam is functioning reliably.

As an added incentive, ABC is also offering a complete rebate on its certification for anyone taking the exam between May 1 and June 30 this year and, by doing so, you would also be eligible to win a free registration to either ACE or WEFTEC as well as a travel stipend, and other benefits.

Interested?  Click need your participation to read more about this opportunity and visit www.professionaloperator.org to learn more about ABC’s Professional Operator program.

Partnership Discussions

During the first part of March, EPA’s Sustainable Systems Team hosted a webinar to look at Water System Partnerships.  This event was part of the ongoing Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Capacity Building in Action webinar series.

Ellen Tarquinio (EPA SST) set the stage and provided background on the partnerships concept and what the range of partnerships can look like.  Two states then provided insights into how their capacity development programs supported a range of partnership opportunities.  Thanks to both Karen Torres of New Mexico and Arlene Wyatt of Washington for sharing their approaches!  For those of you who could not participate in the event, ASDWA has included the powerpoint presentations at the link below.

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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.

EPA ORD Small System Webinar for February

Registration is now open for EPA’s Small Drinking Water Systems Webinar on Removal of Inorganic Contaminants of Interest: Strontium and Nitrates.

DATE:                  February 28

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2644432498297677570

Two topics will be covered during this event – removal of strontium from drinking water by conventional treatment and lime softening – and nitrate treatment technologies for drinking water.

This webinar is part of EPA’s Small Systems Monthly Webinar Series:  Challenges and Treatment Solutions for Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems.  Recommended attendees include primacy agencies, water utilities, assistance providers, and others interested in community water system solutions.