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.

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

EFCN and AWWA Partner on Small System Webinars

EFCN and AWWA, under the Competitive Award Grants provided by EPA, have shared a list of upcoming webinar opportunities for states, assistance providers, and small utilities.  See below for more details.

Communicating with the Public about Water Infrastructure

 DATE:              Thursday, February 9

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

REGISTER:      Register

Issues such as drinking water contaminants, algal blooms, and increased utility rates can put a community on edge.  This webinar will address how best to communicate with the public in a way that will garner support and encourage public engagement.  Participants will learn tools for communicating with their customers directly and through media outlets, as well as effective messaging for maximum impact.

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Financing for the Future – Financial Longevity for Municipal Operations

 DATE:              Thursday, February 16

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

REGISTER:      Register

With increasing demand on utilities, expanding or declining populations, and the need for future infrastructure repair, it is necessary to look beyond the sort term financial planning and look towards financing for the future.  This webinar will introduce methods that can be used for budgeting for the future.  Participants will gain an understanding of how they can project for future changes and risks, and create a financial plan that will ensure there is money to address these events as they occur.

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Water Audits and Water Loss Control:  Gathering Your Data

DATE:              Wednesday, March 1

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

REGISTER:      Register

The hardest part of completing a water audit or determining the categories of your non-revenue water, by far, is just getting started. The first step is finding and collecting your data.  Knowing what data you need, where to look for it, what some of the potential issues with the data may be, and how you can improve data in the future is your starting place.  This webinar will cover all of those topics to help make it easier for you to start the process.

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Preparing Winning Financing Applications for Water Infrastructure Projects

 DATE:              Thursday, March 9

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

REGISTER:    Register

This webinar will showcase some of the federal funding programs related to financing water infrastructure projects.  It will highlight some tools that you can use to enhance your application, and better plan for the financial management of your utility.  Tools include intentional rate setting practices, asset management, capital improvement planning, and customer affordability analyses.

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Water Audits and Water Loss Control:  Entering Your Data into the Spreadsheet

DATE:              Wednesday, March 22

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

REGISTER:      Register

The water audit process starts by gathering your data. That process was described in the webinar on February 7th. Once the data is collected, you are ready to enter it into the free Water Audit Spreadsheet from AWWA.  This webinar will discuss how and where to enter the data as well as determining the appropriate data grades for your information.

Two New Webinars from EFCN

The Environmental Finance Center Network and AWWA as their partner, are hosting two new webinars that focus on support for small systems.  Registration is open, so sign up today!

Communicating with the Public about Water Infrastructure

 DATE:              Thursday, February 9, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7322447653661851652

This webinar will address how best to communicate with the public in a way that will garner support and encourage public engagement.  Participants will learn tools for communicating with their customers directly and through media outlets, as well as effective messaging for maximum impact.

 

Financing for the Future – Financial Longevity for Municipal Operations

DATE:              Thursday, February 16, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2018195753572953604

This webinar will introduce methods that can be used for budgeting for the future.  Participants will gain an understanding of how they can project for future changes and risks, and create a financial plan that will ensure there is money to address these events as they occur.  Topics to be covered include:

+ Projecting for future scenarios

+ Tracking and benchmarking financial performance

+ Creating financial plans that will extend beyond those that are currently being used

Two New Webinars from EFCN

Mark your calendars now for two new small system focused webinars from our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) as part of their training and assistance grant from EPA.

Ask the Expert – Advice on Water System Partnerships

 DATE:              January 12, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4679240390727658755

This event explores ways that water systems can partner or collaborate to enhance their performance and capabilities.  The webinar also looks at many of the ‘where do I start and what should I avoid and how do I retain control of my system’ type questions that frequently arise in partnership discussions.  This online forum offers an opportunity for you to ask any and all questions related to water system partnerships and regionalization options.

Achieving Revenue Stability through Your Water Rate Structure

 DATE:              January 19, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/132920338571523331

This webinar will explain how demand changes affect revenues and how water utilities can improve their revenue stability by modifying their rate structure design.  The vast majority of a water utility’s revenues is directly dependent on the volume of water sold to customers.  Water demand fluctuates from year to year, and numerous studies have shown that average residential demands are decreasing, placing much of a utility’s revenue at risk.

 

EPA ORD to Host ‘Approaches to Technology Approval’ Webinar

As part of the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant program, EPA has funded two National Research Centers for Small Drinking Water Systems:  the Design of Risk Reducing, Innovative Implementable Small Systems Knowledge (DeRISK) Center at University of Colorado-Boulder and the Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSSS) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  This webinar will present some of each center’s drinking water treatment technology results.

DATE:              December 13, 2016

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern) with an additional 30 minute Q&A

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6275196912735403265

Based on the results of a survey of state primacy agencies, the WINSSS Center will discuss an Analysis of Drinking Water Systems Survey:  Developing a Better Understanding of Drinking Water Technology Approval.

The DeRISK Center presentation will focus on Appropriate Application of Innovative Technologies for Small Drinking Water Systems:  The DeRISK Center’s Decision Support Methodology.

 The intended audience for this event includes state primacy agencies, tribes, community planners, technical assistance providers, academia, and water systems interested in issues facing community water systems and solutions to help them.

Retaining Your Workforce Webinar

Our EFCN colleagues are hosting a webinar to share strategies on how small systems can retain a happy workforce.

DATE:              December 8, 2016

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1046788224422506497

This webinar will provide some useful retention practices for small systems to use to maintain a strong and happy workforce.  It also will share evaluation tools that can be used to measure employee performance and support professional development.

 

EPA Hosting 3Ts for Lead in Schools Webinar

EPA is hosting a webinar to discuss the 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools.  The 3Ts represent Training, Testing, and Telling.  This webinar will provide a background on lead in drinking water, suggested steps for sampling at schools, discuss appropriate remediation measures, and the important aspects of an effective communication strategy.

DATE:              December 7

TIME:               3:00-4:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=3267&evt=3Ts

This webinar is open to primacy agencies, tribes, water systems, technical assistance providers, academia, and those seeking information about EPA’s 3Ts and implementing a lead testing program for school drinking water.  You are strongly encouraged to reach out to schools and school districts to encourage their participation as well.  You may wish to include the information below in your invitations.

Lead is a toxic metal that is harmful to human health. Since children are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure and they spend a significant portion of their day in schools, testing drinking water in schools and reducing lead levels is extremely important. The3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools was developed using a training, testing, telling approach, to assist schools in implementing a voluntary lead testing program.

This link https://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/3ts-reducing-lead-drinking-water-schools-and-child-care-facilities will take you to the 3Ts Toolkit for Schools.  The following link will take you to the full 3Ts Toolkit https://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/training-testing-telling-3ts-full-toolkit.

 

Capacity Development & Asset Management Webinar

EPA’s Office of Research and Development continues its monthly webinar series by taking a look at how capacity development and asset management integrate to enhance system performance.

DATE:              Tuesday, November 29

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern) with optional Q&A until 3:30

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/985863185944838658

The goal of the Capacity Development program is to strengthen technical, managerial and financial capacity of public water systems to reliably provide safe drinking water.  Asset management provides a framework that helps water systems make informed decisions about their water infrastructure management.  How they can work together to strengthen system service to their customers and compliance with Federal SDWA requirements will be shared during this event.

Demystifying Depreciation and How to Make Use of It

Our colleagues in the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) are hosting a new webinar that focuses on how depreciation of water assets can help with infrastructure decisions.

DATE:              Thursday, December 1

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5288948175631762435

As water infrastructure ages, it loses value due to wear and tear. The accounting term that represents this reduction in value is depreciation. Where does this number come from? What does it actually mean? And how can it be used to improve the management of water systems?

This webinar will:

  • Explain how accountants measure depreciation for water systems,
  • Discuss the differences in the depreciated value of water assets as measured by accountants vs. their actual condition, and
  • Explore ways that depreciation can be incorporated into long-term system planning.

This webinar is most appropriate for individuals who make financial and managerial decisions on behalf of their water systems such as managers, budget and finance officers, clerks, and governing board members.