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

Lead in Schools Webinar

EPA is hosting a webinar to highlight the 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools.  This is a repeat of the earlier December 7 webinar on this subject.

DATE:              January 30, 2017

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

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=3416&evt=3TsJan2017

The 3Ts 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.  The 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.

Please share this information with your colleagues, assistance providers, water utilities, and anyone interested in knowing more about implementing a lead testing program in schools.

Disinfectant Residuals Webinar Coming Soon

Registration is now open for EPA’s Small Drinking Water Systems Webinar on Disinfectant Residuals.  This is part of the ongoing monthly EPA ORD webinar series to discuss challenges and treatment solutions for small drinking water and wastewater systems.

DATE:              Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4612325214578663169

 

Two topics – Disinfectant Residual: Representative Monitoring and Minimum Residual Implications and Development of a Disinfectant Residual Monitoring Plan – will be covered during the event.

 

RCAP Adds to Video Library

The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) has released three new videos on the subject of water quality in storage tanks.  These videos highlight the importance of storage tank inspection and maintaining water quality.  This brings the total number of training videos in the RCAP Video Library to 39!  You are encouraged to use them as a standalone resource or as part of a training program.  Go to https://vimeo.com/rcap/videos and take a look at:

  • Conducting a Periodic Inspection: Elements of a periodic inspection are shown for variety of storage tanks.
  • Types of Storage Tank Inspections: Discusses the three types of storage tank inspection – routine, periodic and comprehensive inspection.
  • Water Quality in Storage Facilities: Discusses the challenges associated with maintenance of water quality during storage.

Thanks RCAP!

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Looking Ahead in Drinking Water Training

Did you know that EPA OGWDW keeps a schedule of upcoming webinars for rules, strategies, and issues of particular concern?  Check out https://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/drinking-water-trainings.  You can “save the date” for upcoming web events such as two November dates for Phase II/V rules with a focus on arsenic, nitrate, and nitrite.  From this site, you can also link to upcoming ORD trainings.

Yahoo and Other Data Breach Victims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a step-by-step video to users whose personal information may have been exposed in a data breach.  This video provides instruction on how to report an incident and develop a personal recovery plan after a data breach has occurred.

US-CERT encourages users to review the FTC blog and US-CERT Tips on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks, Safeguarding Your Data, and Protecting Your Privacy for more information.