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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Sustainable Systems Team Publishes New Set Aside Analysis Doc

EPA’s Sustainable Systems Team is pleased to announce that the new Analysis of the Use of Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Set-Asides: Building the Capacity of Drinking Water Systems is now posted on the EPA website! This document highlights the ways in which state drinking water programs, including Capacity Development and Operator Certification, have used the DWSRF set-asides to support water systems in building and maintaining capacity in the recent years.  You can view this EPA website for more information about the report and use of DWSRF set-asides.

Also, just a reminder EPA is hosting a webinar to highlight this document and the 2017 DWSRF Eligibility Handbook. The webinar will also include a presentation from Virginia on coordination between their Capacity Development and DWSRF programs.

 

DATE:              Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3718129797900846850.

EFCN and AWWA Host Water System Management and Finance for Board Members Webinar

  

This webinar, Water System Management and Finance for Board Members, is designed to be an educational tool to assist board/council members in understanding and operating their water business.

DATE:              Wednesday, November 29

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6918675100844301058

Water is a business! It is also the foundation of your community’s jobs and future. Like any business, there are risks and options, but is your board/council keeping them in mind? Boards/councils need to know the pros and cons concerning managerial and financial decisions about water. In fact, their job is making the right choices about complex managerial and financial decisions of running a high quality water utility. Yes, it takes time to keep up on the laws, regulations, and rules. However, as a board/council member, you are personally responsible.

EPA to Host DWSRF Set-Asides and Eligibility Handbook Webinar

EPA invites you to register and attend a webinar titled Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Capacity Building in Action:  Analysis of the Use of DWSRF Set-asides and the DWSRF Eligibility Handbook.

DATE:              Wednesday, November 29

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3718129797900846850

This webinar will highlight two EPA documents – Analysis of the Use of DWSRF Set-asides and the DWSRF Eligibility Handbook. These documents describe the variety of ways that DWSRF funds can be used for infrastructure improvements as well as programmatic activities and technical assistance through the set-asides. The webinar will also include discussion of state examples that are highlighted in the documents.

ORD Small System Webinar Series

 

This month’s ORD Small Systems webinar will focus on State Acceptance of Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection Technologies.

 

DATE:              Tuesday, October 31

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8720506381471194113

Two presentations, State Approval of UV Treatment for Drinking Water:  Facing Challenges Through Collaboration (Derek Losh, OGWDW) and EPA UV Testing and Recommendations for Reactor Validation (Jeffrey Adams, ORD), will look at ongoing work to identify a set of technical priorities for review and approval of UV equipment installation and ongoing compliance monitoring.  The presentations will also look at new UV validation testing approaches for disinfection applications of Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and viruses using various test microbes.

New ORD Small Systems Webinar

This month’s small system-focused webinar hosted by EPA’s Office of Research and Development will look at a new Decision Support Methodology for Small Systems to Evaluate and Select Treatment Technologies.

DATE:              Tuesday, September 26

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4142166351292189186

Knowing which treatment technologies to consider and how to select the best option to solve compliance challenges can be particularly daunting for small systems.  This webinar will highlight a decision support methodology that allows users to decide what criteria are most important and then providing an easy way to compare technology alternatives with respect to each identified criterion – beyond simple cost comparisons.

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