Ask the Experts – Energy Management in Water Supply and Distribution Systems

Our EFCN colleagues invite you to participate in a question and answer session about utility energy management…with an emphasis on small systems.

DATE:              September 12, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8709969758603941378

Join Nick Willis (Wichita State EFC) and Dawn Nall (Southwest EFC) to discuss common areas of energy usage in water treatment, pumping, and distribution systems.  Processes such as energy usage in buildings and grounds and losses due to water loss will also be covered.

Ask the Experts – Energy Management in Water Supply and Distribution Systems

 

 

 

 

Have questions about energy use in water systems?  Then this event is for you!  Please join the EFCN (Wichita State & Southwest Centers) and AWWA as they answer your questions.

 

DATE:              Tuesday, September 12

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

REGISTER:      Register Here

 

In this question and answer session about utility energy management, we will discuss common areas of energy usage in water treatment, pumping and distribution systems. Processes such as energy usage in buildings and grounds, and losses due to water loss will be covered. Expert facilitators Nick Willis and Dawn Nall will answer your energy management questions and concerns.

 

Sign up today!

ORD Webinar on Water Loss Management and Rehabilitation Technologies

 

 

 Register today for the latest in the EPA ORD webinar series.  This month’s focus will be on water loss management and rehabilitation technologies for distribution systems.

 

 

 

DATE:              July 25, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5350209670959878657

The first of two presentations will review methods to reduce non-revenue water with practical and cost-effective water loss management. This will include how to (1) assess and identify water loss within the water distribution system, (2) quantify non-revenue water, and (3) monitor system consumption and pressure will be discussed.  The second presentation takes a look at the latest innovations for the rehabilitation of water mains, primarily focused on trenchless technologies.

New Webinar:  Find Money in the Water System Budget – Internal Energy Revolving Funds

How can water systems find ways to pay for projects to reduce their energy costs?  Our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network have a new approach for you to consider.

DATE:              April 12, 2016

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4941510192898892804

This webinar will focus on the Internal Energy Revolving Fund (IERF) concept, also known as an “Energy Bank” or “Green Revolving Fund.”  In this model, an organization uses the fund to pay for energy improvements to its internal operations (e.g. pumps and motors, lighting, HVAC equipment, solar panels, etc.) and then uses the avoided energy costs from one project to help pay for the next project—thus the fund “revolves.”  This webinar will look at sources of money to seed the fund initially and ways to structure it for long-term success.

There is no cost to participate in this web event, but you must register in advance.

Take the WWEMA Water Challenge

Our colleagues at the Water and Wastewater Equipment Managers Association (WWEMA) have issued a water challenge.  According to their website, the WWEMA Water Challenge is a fun way to show just how much we rely on clean, safe water in our everyday lives.

Between now and April 18, WWEMA is challenging federal, state, and local legislators, community leaders and concerned citizens to “turn off your tap” – whether literally or figuratively for a few hours or a few days – to discover what health, hygienic, and convenience challenges you face without easy access to water.  And, yes, toilets count, too. So do dishwashers, laundry, food prep … you get the idea!

WWEMA wants you to Tweet, post on Facebook, and otherwise share your experiences with the world. Their goal is 5,000 Tweets. So please be sure to use the #NoWater hashtag!

By taking the Challenge, you’ll help raise awareness of how much we all rely on water, and how important it is to ensure our communities have access to water now and into the future.

As our WWEMA colleagues note, we need to invest now in water to protect our future…but because we tend to take water for granted, it can be hard to get support for adequate funding for this vital resource. Just because those pipes are underground, doesn’t mean we can afford to let them be “out of sight, out of mind”!

Thanks for taking the Challenge.  Check back here http://www.wwema.org/wwema_water_challenge.php throughout the next few weeks to monitor our progress. You just might see one of your Tweets quoted here!

NEW EFC Webinar – Find Money in the Water System Budget: Energy Management Teams, Baselines and Data Collection

As part of their latest competitive award, the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) in collaboration with their training partner, AWWA, is hosting a webinar series.  The latest in that series is scheduled for next week – March 3rd – and will focus on the benefits and value of conducting an energy audit.

DATE:  March 3, 2015

TIME:   2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Click here REGISTER

For many water systems, the electric (or energy) bill is one of the largest expenses regularly incurred by the water utility. It is also one of the most controllable expenses a water utility will have. However, water utility managers oftentimes never see the bill. Understanding your utility’s energy expenses is one of the first steps to controlling and likely reducing your energy expenses.

During this webinar, we will:

  • walk through the first four steps of implementing an energy management plan;
  • discuss the process of completing an energy audit; and
  • hear from a water system that has placed energy management and conservation as the paramount operational goal of the District, and realized over 300,000 dollars per year in savings as a result.

Continuing education credits?  AWWA will request pre-approval from state licensing agencies for this webinar.  You should check with your agency to determine if CEUs will be offered in your state and what you may need to do to receive credit for your participation,  It is your responsibility to verify this information with your licensing agency.

If you require a continuing education certificate:

  – You MUST register individually

  – Group rosters will not be accepted.

For more information, about registration, contact Lisa Ruggero ldrugger@syr.edu .  For questions about this program, contact  Lexi Kay akay@sog.unc.edu

EPA Launches New Finance Center to Improve Community Water Infrastructure and Resiliency

Last week, EPA announced the launch of a new Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center to help communities across the country improve their wastewater, drinking water and stormwater systems, particularly through innovative financing and by building resilience to climate change. This new center is part of the White House Build America Investment Initiative – a government-wide effort to increase infrastructure investment and promote economic growth by creating opportunities for state and local governments and the private sector to collaborate, expand public-private partnerships, and increase the use of federal credit programs.  This Center is separate from the Environmental Finance Centers that you may have been working with under the EPA OGWDW competitive award program.

The new Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center will:

  • Explore innovative financial tools, public-private partnerships, and non-traditional finance concepts to better leverage federal funding programs. The Center will build on the highly successful State Revolving Fund and other programs of EPA and its federal partners.
  • Explore ways to increase financing of climate-resilient water infrastructure projects that integrate water efficiency, energy efficiency, water reuse and green infrastructure.
  • Support communities to develop sustainable sources of funding, particularly for stormwater activities.
  • Build upon existing work to support small community water systems to build technical, managerial and financial capacities through collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Closely coordinate with the EPA-supported Environmental Finance Centers and consult with the Agency’s Environmental Finance Advisory Board.

Water infrastructure includes the pipes, drains, and concrete that carry drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater. It includes public drinking water systems; industrial wastewater pretreatment facilities; wastewater treatment plants; municipal separate storm sewer systems; decentralized, onsite and septic systems; and private wells. It also includes green infrastructure, which uses natural land cover to capture rain where it falls, allowing it to filter through the ground.

 

For more information on the Center and the Initiative, please visit:

EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center:

http://owpubauthor.epa.gov/infrastructure/waterfinancecenter.cfm

Build America Investment Initiative:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/17/fact-sheet-building-21st-century-infrastructure-increasing-public-and-pr

EPA’s WaterSense Program Hosts Water Loss Webinar

Through its Fix a Leak Week campaign, WaterSense is focused on reducing water waste due to leaks on the customer’s side of the meter. But billions of gallons of water are also lost every year on the utility side of the meter. Join EPA for a free water loss control webinar that will review effective tools, policies, and programs. We’ll discuss free software utilities can use to manage water loss; review policies that local and state governments can implement to encourage program adoption; and hear about the successful water loss control efforts of two utilities: the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) in California and the Water and Wastewater Authority of Wilson County (WWAWC) in Tennessee.

DATE:    Wednesday, October 15

TIME:     1:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Click this link register today

The webinar will feature Kate Gasner from Water Systems Optimization, Danielle Gallet from the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Penny Falcon from LADWP, and Chris Leauber from WWAWC. Join this event to get the latest on water loss control and find ways to save water, energy, and money by managing your “real” and “apparent” losses.

If you have any questions regarding WaterSense webinars, please contact the WaterSense Helpline at watersense@epa.gov or 866-WTR-SENS (987-7367).

Have a Good Story to Share? Let AWWA Know

[Editor’s Note:  Although the official AWWA deadline is tomorrow, they are willing to extend the timeframe if you have a great idea, program, technique, or experience to share.  Just let them know ASAP.]

AWWA is drafting their 2015 Webinar Program.  Webinars are a great way to reach a broad range of your peers across the nation on topics that matterContact Lindsey Geiger (lgeiger@awwa.org) today if you would like a proposal form.

The 2015 lineup will highlight areas of critical interest, including:

  • Utility Management and Finances
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Water Quality and Treatment
  • Workforce Strategies
  • Infrastructure Replacement and Renewal
  • Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Distribution and Plant Operations
  • Water Loss
  • Communicating the Value of Water
  • Wastewater
  • Reuse
  • Stormwater
  • Water Resources
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Small Systems

Please share your good efforts – we all benefit from learning what our peers are doing!

EPA Transmits Award Funds to EFC Network

Earlier this week, EPA formally transmitted the $2 million in competitive award funds to the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) Network, the final recipient for the FY 13 awards.  The EFCs at the University of North Carolina and University of New Mexico are co-managing the effort through which all of the EFCs will work collaboratively with state primacy agencies to identify appropriate training and technical assistance for small systems in the areas of financial and managerial capacity.

More specifically, beyond traditional asset management training, the EFCs are also hoping to focus on additional topics such as rate-setting, fiscal planning, energy management, water loss reduction, regional collaboration/coordination/partnerships, access to funding sources, leadership, and strategies to enhance regulatory compliance through sustainable financing and management.  The EFCs are partnering with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for some of these trainings.  The goal is to take advantage of AWWA’s regulatory and electronic expertise to enhance attendance at training and technical assistance events and to make free eLearning modules available.  The EFCs also expect to offer training through a mix of in-person workshops, smaller group work sessions, “funder forums,” webinars, in-depth, onsite technical assistance, assistance via phone and email consultation, and online rate benchmarking dashboards.

While the preliminary outreach to state primacy agencies is likely to be through one of the UNC or UNM co-managers, the actual training and assistance is more likely to come from one or more of the EFCs that specialize in a particular training focus area.  This means that your state’s actual training could come from one of these universities as well as the co-managers:  Southern Maine, Syracuse, Maryland, Louisville (KY), Cleveland State, Wichita State (KS), and Dominican (CA).  Again, depending on the type of training you and the EFCs arrange, your training could also come from AWWA.