Water System Partnerships Webinar

If you haven’t already signed up, don’t miss the upcoming webinar on Water System Partnerships.  Brought to you by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Capacity Building in Action Team, this is the latest in the ongoing series of webinars to highlight ways in which DWSRF set-asides and infrastructure project assistance can be used to build capacity at drinking water systems.

DATE:              March 7, 2017

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

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=3500&evt=030717

The purpose of this webinar is to highlight ways that states are utilizing DWSRF funds to assist water systems in forming partnerships.

EPA Awards $12.7 Million to Assist Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems

Today, EPA is awarding $12.7 million in grants to help small drinking and wastewater systems and private well owners.  Since 2009, EPA has provided $95 million in technical assistance grants to assist small drinking water and wastewater systems and private well owners.  Water systems staff will receive training and technical assistance to improve operations and management practices, promote system sustainability, and better protect public health and the environment.  The selected grantees are:

  • $4.0 million each to the National Rural Water Association and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership to help small public water systems across the country achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • $1.8 million to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to improve the financial and managerial capabilities of small public water systems across the country.
  • $1.7 million to the Rural Community Assistance Partnership to inform private drinking water well owners about protecting their drinking water supply and improving water quality.
  • $1.2 million to the National Rural Water Association to improve operational performance at small publicly-owned wastewater systems and decentralized wastewater systems, thereby improving public health and water quality.

Correction – despite the earlier press release from EPA, the $1.2M for wastewater training was actually awarded to RCAP not NRWA.

More than 97 percent of the nation’s 157,000 public drinking water systems serve fewer than 10,000 people, and more than 80 percent of these systems serve fewer than 500 people. Many small systems face unique challenges in providing reliable drinking water and wastewater services that meet federal and state regulations. These challenges can include a lack of financial resources, aging infrastructure, and high staff turnover.

More information can be found at http://www.epa.gov/dwcapacity/training-and-technical-assistance-small-systems-funding#rfa

Water & Energy Efficiency for Small Systems

EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and Sustainable Systems Teams at EPA are hosting the latest in their ongoing a series of webinars to highlight ways in which DWSRF set asides and infrastructure project assistance can be used to build capacity at drinking water systems.  This latest event will discuss how the DWSRF can be used to reduce water loss and increase energy efficiency.

DATE:              Tuesday, January 24

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

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=3404&evt=012417

During the webinar, Kiri Anderer (EPA HQ) will discuss some background on eligibilities for water and energy efficiency projects and set aside activities.  Two state speakers will also share information about their programs’ efforts…Danielle West will describe Missouri’s Leak Detection Program and Tim Wendland will present on Idaho’s assessment of water and energy savings.

And as a head’s up…keep watch for info on the webinar to be held in March on the subject of Water System Partnerships!

 

Financing Recovery and Mitigation – A Free Webinar Series

Learning about funding opportunities and how to access them is important for all members of the small system community. EPA is hosting two new webinars that showcase available funding for both disaster recovery efforts and resilience mitigation projects.  Please share these webinar discussions with your smaller systems.

Disaster Recovery Financing

DATE:              November 22

TIME:               1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disaster-recovery-financing-tickets-28791523221

This event describes how states and communities use SRF, FEMA, and other financing approaches to recover from a disaster. Utility and state speakers will share tips and examples.

Resilience Mitigation Financing

DATE:              December 7

TIME:               1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resilience-mitigation-financing-tickets-28791849196

This event focuses on tools and financing resources to conduct resilience planning and to mitigate impacts before a disaster strikes. Utilities will share stories about investing in resilient infrastructure.

 

Using the DWSRF to Address Lead in Drinking Water

EPA’s DWSRF and Sustainable Systems Teams have been hosting a series of webinars to highlight ways in which DWSRF set-asides and infrastructure project assistance can be used to build capacity at drinking water systems.

Registration is now open for the next in the DWSRF/Capacity Development webinar series.  The topic is how the DWSRF can be leveraged to address the challenges of lead in drinking water.

DATE:              Tuesday, November 15

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

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=3187&evt=111516

Both Federal and state partners will tackle the subject.  Nick Chamberlain (EPA DWSRF Team) will discuss background on eligibilities, Robin Schmidt (WI) will present on lead service line replacement, and Michael Maynard (MA) will present on lead testing in schools.

Sign up today!

DWSRF and Capacity Building in Action:  Leveraging Resources to Address Lead in Drinking Water

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and Sustainable Systems Teams at EPA are hosting a series of webinars to highlight ways in which DWSRF set-asides and infrastructure project assistance can be used to build capacity at drinking water systems.

DATE:              Tuesday, November 15

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

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=3187&evt=111516

The topic of this webinar is to discuss how the DWSRF can be leveraged to address the challenges of lead in drinking water.  Nick Chamberlain (EPA HQ) will discuss background on eligibilities; Robin Schmidt (WI) will present on lead service line replacement; and Michael Maynard (MA) will present on lead testing in schools.

These every-other-month webinars will continue into 2017.  In January, look for information on how the DWSRF can be used for projects to reduce water loss and increase efficiency.  In March, the subject will be water system partnerships; how their formation may help to improve capacity; and the role that the DWSRF might play.

 

EPA Webinar Covers Latest Competitive Awards for Small Systems Assistance

On September 21, EPA OGWDW hosted a webinar for state drinking water program staff involved with the training and technical assistance grant competitive award program.  Successful awardees from the FY 15 competition – RCAP, NRWA, and EFCN – each described their program and proposed approach for this effort that encompasses small system drinking water compliance assistance, financial and managerial assistance, and assistance for private well owners.  In all, $11.7 million was awarded for these initiatives.  A separate wastewater award was not part of the webinar’s focus.

For those of you not able to participate in the web event, EPA has provided a consolidated powerpoint presentation from all three awardees.  In addition, EPA have developed a fact sheet about the purpose of and process for the awards.  The fact sheet also outlines roles and responsibilities for assistance providers, state primacy agencies, and EPA Regional and Headquarters offices.  See below for these two items.

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ASDWA and EPA WSD Explore Hazard Mitigation

Hazard mitigation is important for small systems.  By engaging with local mitigation offices, small water systems may be able to take advantage of some funding opportunities that would improve their resiliency to recurring events like flooding or power loss.  It’s the kind of proactive and preventive action that helps water systems be more sustainable and resilient.

On September 15, ASDWA and EPA cohosted a webinar and interactive discussion to showcase Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters: A Starter Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities.  This Guide explains why mitigation is important; how small systems can be included in their community’s local mitigation plan; how to identify potential mitigation projects; and how to implement and fund proposed mitigation projects.

You are invited to visit ASDWA’s security web page at www.asdwa.org/security and scroll to the Important Documents Section.  There you will find:

+ A link to the video recording of the webinar

+ A link to the Hazard Mitigation Guide

+ A link to FEMA’s list of State Hazard Mitigation Officers

You are also encouraged to share the Guide with your water systems.

EPA Posts FY 16 RFA for Small System Training and Assistance Competitive Awards

EPA has announced the availability of $12.688 million in competitive grants to non-profit organizations to provide training and technical assistance to small public water systems, small wastewater systems and private well owners, located in urban and rural communities throughout the U.S. and its territories.

Through the RFA (Request for Applications), EPA will be able to identify eligible candidates who will use the funds to help provide water and wastewater system staff and private well owners with training and tools to enhance system operations and management practices, and support EPA’s continuing efforts to protect public health and promote sustainability in small communities.  Applications are due September 30.  You may view the RFA at Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water (PDF)

EPA expects to award four to nine cooperative agreements from the available amount.  Successful candidates will provide training and technical assistance to:

  • Small public water systems to achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA);
  • Small public water systems on a wide range of managerial and, or financial topics to achieve and maintain compliance with the SDWA; or
  • Small publicly-owned wastewater systems, communities served by onsite-decentralized wastewater systems and private well owners to help improve water quality.

For more information about training and technical assistance for small systems, please visit https://www.epa.gov/dwcapacity/training-and-technical-assistance-small-systems-funding

How to Help with Hazard Mitigation for Small Systems

ASDWA and EPA’s Water Security Division are teaming up to present a webinar that will consider how state primacy agencies can work with both their state hazard mitigation offices and their utilities to promote, fund, and implement hazard mitigation projects.  Mitigation is important for smaller systems as it can help recurring disasters (like flooding at the treatment plant) from happening again and may provide funding to achieve the goal – a perfect example of TMF in action!

DATE:              Thursday, September 15, 2016

TIME:               1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/615897312349016579

The webinar will include examples of successful state agency coordination that results in utilities implementing appropriate mitigation measures.  This will also be states’ first opportunity to view a demonstration of EPA’s newly released tool, Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters: A Starter Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities.

The target audience and discussion focus for this event is state drinking water programs.  Other events are planned to share these materials with other members of the water community.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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