One AWWA Operator Scholarship

Our colleagues at WaterOperator.org frequently find interesting information to share.  In their most recent (August 18) newsletter, they write about a scholarship opportunity for water system operators available through AWWA sections.  See below for the article…

The One AWWA Operator Scholarship is a partnership between AWWA and its sections to address the need for present and future operators.  This scholarship allows each section to provide educational and training scholarships for operators. These can be used for water-related associate degrees, technical school programs, professional training programs, books, manuals and operator-focused conferences.

The Scholarship will be awarded at the section-level using each individual section’s application, criteria and deadlines. Many sections already offer scholarships, and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship will simply follow existing processes. Want to find out more? Contact Michelle Hektor at AWWA.

Thanks to WaterOperator.org for sharing such useful information!

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.

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.