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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.