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

 

 

 

Reminder – Water Audits & Water Loss Control Webinar Series – Part 3

Water Audits and Water Loss Control:  I’ve Completed My Water Audit, Now What? is Part 3 of a series of webinars (earlier presentations on data gathering for an audit and how to enter data into a spreadsheet took place in March) presented jointly by AWWA and EFCN.

DATE:              May 3, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3619247413658296577

This webinar will help participants to:

  • Understand the need to examine data validity before taking any other actions
  • Understand the tools that can be used to address unbilled metered usage, apparent losses, and real losses
  • Learn how to base the use of tools on the volumes and values of each category.

Separately, our AWWA colleagues are offering a no cost training opportunity via eLearning:

2-hour Financial Sustainability for Small Systems eLearning Course:  This eLearning course focuses on 3 major areas needed by small systems to achieve financial sustainability; including understanding enterprise funds and their revenues, as well as an overview of what is needed to protect public health through safe water.  > Register

ABC Looks for Volunteer Participants

Our colleagues at the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) are looking for volunteers interested in taking their new Professional Operator Certification exam as part of a pilot test to ensure that the exam is functioning reliably.

As an added incentive, ABC is also offering a complete rebate on its certification for anyone taking the exam between May 1 and June 30 this year and, by doing so, you would also be eligible to win a free registration to either ACE or WEFTEC as well as a travel stipend, and other benefits.

Interested?  Click need your participation to read more about this opportunity and visit www.professionaloperator.org to learn more about ABC’s Professional Operator program.

Workforce Webinar Reminder

Don’t forget to register and join our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) and AWWA as they present a comprehensive overview of the components of attracting, maintaining, and retaining a quality workforce.

Workforce Development:  An Overview of Key Components

DATE:              Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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

REGISTER:      Click here to Register

Topics covered will include:  recruitment, retention, evaluating performance, succession planning, and communicating about the industry.

Partnership Discussions

During the first part of March, EPA’s Sustainable Systems Team hosted a webinar to look at Water System Partnerships.  This event was part of the ongoing Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Capacity Building in Action webinar series.

Ellen Tarquinio (EPA SST) set the stage and provided background on the partnerships concept and what the range of partnerships can look like.  Two states then provided insights into how their capacity development programs supported a range of partnership opportunities.  Thanks to both Karen Torres of New Mexico and Arlene Wyatt of Washington for sharing their approaches!  For those of you who could not participate in the event, ASDWA has included the powerpoint presentations at the link below.

EPA_Presentation_Partnerships

How to Share Good News

The March 21st edition of WaterOperator.org Newsletter has a useful article on how communities can use Public Advisories beyond emergency alerts.  As the article says, “Sometimes public notification systems are a great way to build good will and awareness of all drinking water and wastewater systems accomplish.”  Click Public Advisories: They’re Not Just for Emergencies to read more from WaterOperator.org on this subject.

EFCN & AWWA Host a Workforce Webinar

Please join our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) and AWWA as they present a comprehensive overview of the components of attracting, maintaining, and retaining a quality workforce.

Workforce Development:  An Overview of Key Components

DATE:              Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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

REGISTER:      Click here Register

Topics covered will include:  recruitment, retention, evaluating performance, succession planning, and communicating about the industry,

Please share this information with those in your state with an interest in Workforce issues.

National Rural Water to Host 3-Part GIS “How To” Webinar Series

In April and May, our colleagues at the National Rural Water Association will be hosting three webinars to look at Geographic Information Systems.  This webinar series includes an introduction to GIS fundamentals, data conversion methods, solutions for water, taking it to the field and back, plus resources to get started.  Presenters for all three sessions will be Jason Channin, Senior Solution Engineer at Esri’s Water Practice and David Totman, the Industry Manager for the Esri Global Water Practice.

These webinars are free and open to all interested parties.  However, you should register separately for each event.

Part 1: GIS 101 for Rural Water Systems

DATE:              April 13

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

REGISTER:      Register Now

This webinar will discuss the fundamentals of GIS, including:  What is a GIS? What resources do I need? How can it benefit my organization?

 

Part 2: Transforming Your Organization to a Digital World:

DATE:              April 27

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

REGISTER:      Register Now

This webinar will discuss the benefits gained by moving from paper to the digital ArcGIS platform, including:  Data Collection and Management; Basic Analysis; Mapping; and Using solutions for water.

 

Part 3: Going Mobile: Taking your GIS into the Field

DATE:              May 11

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

REGISTER:      Register Now

This webinar will discuss field workflows enabled by mobile apps including:  plan, coordinate, navigate, capture, and monitor.

 

Did You Miss “Communicating with the Public”?

On February 9, ASDWA’s colleagues at AWWA and the Environmental Finance Center Network cosponsored a webinar titled Communicating with the Public about Water Infrastructure.  The information and shared techniques on effective communication were very helpful.  If you didn’t have a chance to view the webinar, you can watch it at your convenience using this link:  http://efcnetwork.org/events/webinar-communicating-public-water-infrastructure/.

 

New Rate Checkup Online Tool

Wichita State University’s Training and Technology Team (T3) has developed an easy-to-use online forecasting tool to assist smaller water systems with setting appropriate water rates.

The Rate Checkup Online Tool is designed to help water systems calculate water rate schedules.  The Tool allows you to:

  • Input data in easy to manage interfaces
  • View integrated data validation
  • Forecast water rates based on customer groups
  • Generate custom reports with charts in various formats.

To learn more about the Tool and the University’s T3 program, go to http://www.tthree.org/rate-checkup/ and/or contact Amy Jones, T3 Project Manager at Wichita State at amy.jones@wichita.edu