EPA Hosts Water Workforce Webinar

Join EPA HQ and water operators in Idaho to learn more about the tools supporting water system operators in their role of protecting public health.  Register today for Supporting the Water Workforce: Tools for Water System Operators:  The Knowledge Retention Tool and Electronic Preventive Maintenance Logs

DATE:              Thursday, March 1, 2018

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

REGISTER:      Click here

Whether managing regular system maintenance, preparing for personnel transition, or entering into a partnership with a neighboring system, operators can benefit from incorporating these tools into their system’s management. Presenters from Idaho will share their first-hand experiences using the tools and highlight key features.  Please share this opportunity with your systems, assistance providers, and other state personnel with an interest in workforce issues.

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DWSRF and Capacity Building in Action: Identifying and Prioritizing Systems for DWSRF Assistance

Continuing their ongoing joint webinar series, EPA’s DWSRF and Sustainable Systems Teams are hosting a webinar for states to discuss ways that you can identify and prioritize systems in need of DWSRF assistance.

 

DATE:              Wednesday, March 7

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

REGISTER:      Click here

Join us to learn how Delaware and Pennsylvania collaborated with EPA Region 3 in using EPA’s Enforcement Tracking Tool (ETT) to identify systems in non-compliance, and how assistance was provided to return the systems to compliance and protect public health.

 

Come Learn About Funding Basics

 

 

Join EPA and USDA to learn about Small System Funding opportunities through the DWSRF and through financing by the USDA Rural Utilities’ Service Water and Environmental Programs.

DATE:              February 27, 2018

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

REGISTER:      Click Here

EPA DWSRF:  Since its inception, more than 50% of the loans made under Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program have supported project needs of small systems service fewer than 3,300.  In addition to infrastructure funding, the DWSRF may also provide technical assistance to water systems and fund other system capacity building and operator certification activities.

USDA RUS WEP:  This program focuses exclusively on financing water and waste infrastructure needs of rural communities with 10,000 or fewer people.  WEP not only provides financial assistance for water and wastewater improvements, but also provides critical technical assistance to rural communities and their water and wastewater systems.

EFCN Hosts Two New Webinars

Our colleagues from EFCN’s Syracuse and Wichita State Universities are hosting two webinars this month that should be of interest to you.

Resiliency Planning 101

DATE:              February 13

TIME:               2:30-3:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click this link Register

This webinar will offer definitions of community and utility resiliency in the context of disaster preparedness, recovery, and proactive planning measures. Resiliency enables communities and utilities to remain economically and socially viable in the face of extreme weather or economic events.  This event is hosted by the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center

What Challenges Do Different Sizes & Types of Systems Face?

DATE:              February 27

TIME:               2:30-3:30PM (eastern)

Register           Click this link Register

This webinar will address the challenges of delivering safe, potable water to communities of varying size and the differences and similarities of management challenges that both small and large systems face.  This event is hosted by the Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center.

GAO Releases Water Workforce Report

Earlier today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report titled Water and Wastewater Workforce: Recruiting Approached Helped Industry Hire Operators, but Additional EPA Guidance Could Help Identify Future Needs (GAO-18-102).  The study, reviewing workforce needs within the drinking water and wastewater industry, was requested by the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.

As the Report’s Highlights document states, “This report describes (1) what is known about workforce needs at water utilities compared with workforce needs nationwide and effects of potential unmet workforce needs on the utilities’ compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act; (2) approaches used by selected utilities to manage their workforce needs and challenges they have faced in managing those needs; and (3) ways in which federal programs can assist water utilities with workforce needs.”

In summary, “GAO recommends that EPA add strategic workforce planning questions, such as the positions and skills needed in the future, to its inspection guidance documents. EPA generally agreed with GAO’s recommendation as it related to drinking water, but neither agreed nor disagreed regarding wastewater. GAO believes the entire recommendation should be implemented.”

A complete copy of the Report may be downloaded here.

EFCN Hosts January Webinars

Time for New Year’s resolutions!  Why not brush up on your water pricing and asset mapping skills?  Our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) are offering two new webinars for the month of January…

 

Pricing Water for Full Cost Recovery – How Different Rate Structures Impact Different Customers

DATE:              Thursday, January 18

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

REGISTER:      Register

Water rates should ideally bring in enough revenue to cover the cost of providing water service today and into the future. This webinar will demonstrate how water systems can calculate price levels under different rate structures to achieve full cost recovery and then look at how those various rate structures impact a range of customers with different levels of monthly water consumption

Intermediate Asset Management – Benefits of Mapping Your Assets

DATE:              Tuesday, January 30

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

REGISTER:      Register

Mapping your system’s assets and collecting asset inventory data can provide tremendous benefit to your system, including operations and maintenance efficiency, emergency response/repair, short and long-term capital planning, and knowledge management. Gathering this information and turning it into actionable data and knowledge through proper visualization of the data can aid decision-making. This hour-long webinar will discuss techniques and tools you can use to begin your asset inventory and system map, as well how these activities can begin your overall asset management program.

Webinar – Training Your Board Members

The Environmental Finance Center Network in collaboration with AWWA are hosting a webinar titled Water System Management and Finance for Board Members

DATE:              Wednesday, November 29

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

REGISTER:      Click Register

This webinar is designed to be an educational tool to assist board/council members in understanding and operating their water business.

Water is a business! City Councils and rural water district boards have a lot to consider: water pressure, meeting all federal and state regulations and standards, and making rates affordable. In fact, their job is making the right choices about complex managerial and financial decisions of running a high quality water utility. Boards/councils need to know the pros and cons concerning managerial and financial decisions about water. Like any business, there are risks and options, but is your board/council keeping them in mind?

 

Sign up today for this webinar and find out!

Want to Talk Asset Management?

The Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) is hosting another webinar in their “Ask the Expert” series.  This month, they are focusing on asset management.

The webinar, Ask the Expert: A Unique Opportunity to Ask Your Asset Management Questions or Seek Advice on How to Begin, is scheduled for:

DATE:              Wednesday, October 11, 2017

TIME:               1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click Register

If your water systems have been to an asset management training or have considered or even started asset management activities, they probably have generated many questions about the process. For example, “Where is a good place to start?” or “What options do I have for mapping my system?” or “How do I number my assets?  They may have specific questions regarding something they’ve tried and had difficulty with. This webinar will provide individuals with a unique opportunity to ask any and all questions about asset management or implementing asset management.  State staff should also participate in this Q&A event…you never know what you may learn!

EFCN & AWWA Present Regulating Rates that Fund Customer Assistance Programs at Small Water Systems

DATE:              Thursday, October 5

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5988289254285906433

This webinar will look at how customer affordability issues can be measured at the water utility level. The webinar will also take participants through some of the ways that the water utility can address any affordability concerns that are found. We will pay special attention to the role that rate revenues from the water system can play in addressing the growing concern of customer affordability.

CUPSS Training in October

CUPSS Training in October

 

Want to be a CUPSS trainer?  Need to refresh your CUPSS knowledge?  Join EPA in October to go through all three elements of the CUPSS Train-the-Trainer series.  CUPSS stands for Check Up Program for Small systems…and is a simple tool to help small systems work through establishing an asset management program.

 

CUPSS Train-the-Trainer Session 1

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern

Setting up CUPSS and My Inventory: Learn how to install and navigate CUPSS, create an asset inventory, and set up a customized asset report.

Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7091399584598651651

 

CUPSS Train-the-Trainer Session 2

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern

My O&M and My Finances: Create your operation and maintenance tasks, enter finance information, and determine your financial forecast.

Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6474146950904953859

 

CUPSS Train-the-Trainer Session 3

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017, 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern

My CUPSS Plan, Advanced Features, and Tips for Trainers: Create a custom asset management plan, CUPSS troubleshooting tips, and advanced features.

Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3165407500159574275