EPA Awards Competitive Grants in a New Two Year Cycle

WASHINGTON (April 11,2018) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the award of more than $25 million in grants to help the country’s small drinking and wastewater systems and private well owners better protect public health and the environment.

“These grants will fund critical workforce development trainings that will help small systems improve operations and identify when repairs to drinking and wastewater infrastructure are needed in local communities,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “EPA is committed to working with our partners in the states to provide all Americans with clean and safe water.”

Funding will be used to provide small public drinking water and wastewater systems with training and technical assistance to achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, improve operational performance, and help inform private drinking water well owners about protecting their drinking water supply and improving water quality. The training and assistance will also help system operators identify when critical infrastructure upgrades are needed and how EPA can help support those efforts, which is consistent with the goals and objectives of President Trump’s Infrastructure Plan.

The grantees are:

  • National Rural Water Association
    • $8.1 million: Provide training and technical assistance for small public water systems to achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Rural Community Assistance Partnership
    • $8.1 million: Provide training and technical assistance for small public water systems to achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act
    • $2.2 million: Work with small publicly-owned wastewater and on-site/decentralized wastewater systems to improve water quality
    • $3.4 million: Work with private well owners to improve water quality
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (on behalf of the Environmental Finance Center Network)
    • $3.6 million: Help small drinking water systems improve financial and managerial capacity to provide safe drinking water.

“The EPA grant support of NRWA has provided critical training and technical assistance to small systems across the country for many years,” said Matthew Holmes, NRWA Deputy CEO. This grant has assisted NRWA in establishing a leading nationwide program for Operator Certification Training, Continuing Education training sessions and SDWA compliance support. NRWA looks forward to continuing the program through 2018-2019.”

“RCAP is honored and excited to continue our partnership with EPA,” said Nathan Ohle, Executive Director, RCAP, Inc. These programs help provide small water and wastewater system staff and private well owners with technical assistance and training to ensure that every community across the country is protecting its public health and creating sustainable long-term solutions to drinking water and wastewater issues. Our partnership with EPA is vital to ensuring that small systems have the skills and expertise needed to support the water and wastewater systems that are so important to their community.”

“The Environmental Finance Center Network is grateful that EPA has selected us to continue our work with small drinking water systems on finance and management issues,” said Glenn Barnes, Associate Director, Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina. “Over the last five years, we have worked with water systems of all kinds to address the same challenges: having appropriate revenues, getting the longest life out of infrastructure, having the right staff, accessing funding programs, reducing water and energy inefficiencies, and communicating to decision makers and to the public at large. We are excited for the opportunity to help these water systems better run their operations so that they can continue to provide clean, safe drinking water today and into the future”.

More than 97 percent of the nation’s 150,000 public water systems serve fewer than 10,000 people, and more than 80 percent of these systems serve fewer than 500 people. Many systems face unique challenges in providing reliable drinking water and wastewater services that meet federal and state regulations.

For more information on EPA’s programs and tools to help small water systems, visit: https://www.epa.gov/dwcapacity

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Register Today – EPA’s Asset Management Community Call

DATE:              April 18, 2018

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

REGISTER:      Click here

Are you looking for helpful tools and resources as you pursue asset management – as a trainer, as a water system, as a state program specialist?  Join EPA for this event to learn what’s available and how to use the array of tools, information, and strategies to best effect.  See the attached flyer for more information.  AM Community Call Flyer

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

 

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!

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.

Looking for Helpful Asset Management Training? Read on…

EPA’s Sustainable Systems Team is offering a three-part training on CUPSS – the Check Up Program for Small Systems.  CUPSS software can help small water and wastewater systems implement asset management practices.

Each of the three 2-hour sessions will contain an overview of a CUPSS module supported by live demonstrations. Participants who complete the assignments after each session will receive a CUPSS Trainers Certificate and will be included in the CUPSS Trainers Directory

Session 1:  Setting up CUPSS and My Inventory

DATE:              Thursday, September 15

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

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=2719&evt=cupss091516

 

Session 2:  My O&M and My Finances

DATE:              Thursday, September 22

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

REGISTER:      http://login,icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=27200&evt=cupss092216

 

Session 3:  My CUPSS Plan, Advanced Features, and Tips for Trainers

DATE:              Thursday, September 29

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

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=2721&evt=cupss092916

 

An Interesting CUPSS Success Story

The Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) is holding their next Community call on May 24.

This call will feature a presentation by Art Astarita (RCAP Maine) who will share some “How to” suggestions for using CUPSS, as well as a real life example of five systems in Oxford County, Maine, who have developed a collective asset management plan and are beginning to discuss collaboration projects.  Art will discuss how he is facilitating these initial meetings and how the systems can benefit from partnering by presenting examples from other established Maine regional water councils.

 

DATE:              Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=2718&evt=cupss052416

EPA Upgrades the Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) Asset Management Tool

The Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) has recently been upgraded. CUPSS is a comprehensive application that provides all the tools required for small drinking water and wastewater utilities to implement an asset management program and develop effective asset management plans. EPA’s new enhancement to the software now includes an Asset Plus Costs report. The new report allows users to view asset details and the associated operations and maintenance costs for the selected assets. As a result, users can develop a snapshot of the total costs of assets for the current year and previous years.

Click Learn more. to learn more about CUPSS tools, trainers, and software.

Want to be a CUPSS Trainer?

If you’d like to become proficient in using the CUPSS (Check Up Program for Small Systems) software as part of your work with assistance providers, training entities, or small water systems, here’s how to begin.

EPA is hosting a three-part Train-the-Trainer CUPSS webinar series on March 1st, 8th, and 15th.  The series (2 hours each) will culminate in participants’ successful use of the CUPSS software to implement asset management practices at small water and wastewater systems.  Each session will include an overview of a CUPSS module, followed by live demonstrations.  Participants who complete the assignments after each session will receive a CUPSS Trainers Certificate and will be included in the CUPSS Trainers Directory.  There is no cost to participate but you must register in advance.

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:              March 1, 2016s

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

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=2515&evt=030116

Session 2:  My O&M and My Finances – Create your operation and maintenance tasks, enter finance information, and determine your financial forecast.

DATE:              March 8, 2016s

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

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=2517&evt=030816

Session 3:  My CUPSS Plan, Advanced Features, and Tips for Trainers – Create a custom asset management plan, CUPSS troubleshooting tips, and advanced features.

DATE:              March 15, 2016s

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

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=2518&evt=031516