EFCN Tackles Cost Saving Technologies and Level of Service

Our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) are offering two webinars of interest to state drinking water programs and the water systems they oversee.

  1. Technologies to Save Energy, Resources, and Time in Water System Operations

DATE:              April 25

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

REGISTER:      Click here

This webinar will provide attendees with information on some of the fundamental technologies allowing for efficient utility operation. We’ll answer the question, “What in the world is SCADA?” We will also discuss electric motor controls, remote monitoring in utility operations, and some niche and emerging technologies and how they may increase utility efficiency.

  1. Intermediate Asset Management – Level Up with Level of Service Goals!

DATE:              May 1

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

REGISTER:      Click here

Establishing level of service goals is one of the most unappreciated steps in asset management planning.  This webinar will teach you why small water systems shouldn’t skip this important step and simple ways to “level up” a utility’s asset management plan by establishing level of service goals.

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EFCN Hosts Two New Small System Webinars

Our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network are offering two new small system webinars:

 

Technologies to Save Energy, Resources, and Time in Water System Operations

DATE:              Wednesday, April 25

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

REGISTER:      Register

Saving energy, resources, and operator time benefits water utilities of all sizes. This webinar will provide attendees with information on some of the fundamental technologies allowing for efficient utility operation. We’ll answer the question, “What in the world is SCADA?” We will also discuss electric motor controls, remote monitoring in utility operations, and some niche and emerging technologies and how they may increase utility efficiency.

Intermediate Asset Management – Level Up With Level of Service Goals!

DATE:              Tuesday, May 1

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

REGISTER:      Register

Establishing level of service goals is one of the most underappreciated steps of asset management planning. Asset management allows utilities to maintain a desired level of service at the lowest life cycle costs. But how do we know if and when we are meeting our “desired” level of service?  This webinar will teach you why small water systems shouldn’t skip this important step of asset management, and simple ways to “level up” your utility’s asset management plan by establishing level of service goals today!

NEW Webinar – Demystifying Electric Bills and Water Rates

Our colleagues at EFCN are hosting another webinar for states and utilities.  Demystifying Electric Bills:  Common Energy Bill Elements and Making Sense of Rate Structures is next on their agenda.

DATE:              Thursday, March 8, 2018

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

REGISTER:      Here

Providing drinking water and wastewater requires energy – and a lot of it. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the cost of energy, as a percent of operating costs for drinking water system, can reach as high as 40 percent and is expected to increase 20 percent in the next 15 years. Though many operational costs may be fixed costs, energy costs represent the largest controllable cost of providing water services. Understanding your energy bill and knowing what you are paying for is important for every water utility.

Ask the Experts – Energy Management in Water Supply and Distribution Systems

Our EFCN colleagues invite you to participate in a question and answer session about utility energy management…with an emphasis on small systems.

DATE:              September 12, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8709969758603941378

Join Nick Willis (Wichita State EFC) and Dawn Nall (Southwest EFC) to discuss common areas of energy usage in water treatment, pumping, and distribution systems.  Processes such as energy usage in buildings and grounds and losses due to water loss will also be covered.

Ask the Experts – Energy Management in Water Supply and Distribution Systems

 

 

 

 

Have questions about energy use in water systems?  Then this event is for you!  Please join the EFCN (Wichita State & Southwest Centers) and AWWA as they answer your questions.

 

DATE:              Tuesday, September 12

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

REGISTER:      Register Here

 

In this question and answer session about utility energy management, we will discuss common areas of energy usage in water treatment, pumping and distribution systems. Processes such as energy usage in buildings and grounds, and losses due to water loss will be covered. Expert facilitators Nick Willis and Dawn Nall will answer your energy management questions and concerns.

 

Sign up today!

ORD Webinar on Water Loss Management and Rehabilitation Technologies

 

 

 Register today for the latest in the EPA ORD webinar series.  This month’s focus will be on water loss management and rehabilitation technologies for distribution systems.

 

 

 

DATE:              July 25, 2017

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5350209670959878657

The first of two presentations will review methods to reduce non-revenue water with practical and cost-effective water loss management. This will include how to (1) assess and identify water loss within the water distribution system, (2) quantify non-revenue water, and (3) monitor system consumption and pressure will be discussed.  The second presentation takes a look at the latest innovations for the rehabilitation of water mains, primarily focused on trenchless technologies.

Water & Energy Efficiency for Small Systems

EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and Sustainable Systems Teams at EPA are hosting the latest in their ongoing 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.  This latest event will discuss how the DWSRF can be used to reduce water loss and increase energy efficiency.

DATE:              Tuesday, January 24

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

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=3404&evt=012417

During the webinar, Kiri Anderer (EPA HQ) will discuss some background on eligibilities for water and energy efficiency projects and set aside activities.  Two state speakers will also share information about their programs’ efforts…Danielle West will describe Missouri’s Leak Detection Program and Tim Wendland will present on Idaho’s assessment of water and energy savings.

And as a head’s up…keep watch for info on the webinar to be held in March on the subject of Water System Partnerships!

 

Mark Your Calendars!  Upcoming Webinars in May and June

We know everyone’s calendar fills up quickly.  So, don’t miss this opportunity to register early for upcoming web events brought to you by our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network and their partners at AWWA.

Click the event title to register and to learn more about the specific topic.

Water Loss Audits – You’ve Collected Your Data, How Do You Know If It’s Any Good?

DATE:              May 23, 2016

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

 

Navigating Funding Options for Water Infrastructure

DATE:              June 1, 2016

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

 

Where Am I Starting From? Understanding Your Water System’s Electric Bill + the new Energy Usage Baseline Tool

DATE:              June 8, 2016

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

 

Successful Communication With Your Board

DATE:              June 16, 2016

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

 

Completing an Energy Audit – What You Need to Do Your Own

DATE:              June 22, 2016

TIME:               1:30-2:30PM (eastern – note time change)

 

Plan Ahead – EFCs Offering Lots of Info!

The Environmental Finance Center Network has just released their schedule of upcoming webinar events focusing on small water system issues.  Check the listings below and save the dates now before your summer schedule gets filled up!

Water Loss Audits – You’ve Collected Your Data, How Do You Know If It’s Any Good?

DATE:              Monday, May 23

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9046898595169989378

You understand the importance of completing a water audit and you’ve collected the necessary information to fill out AWWA’s spreadsheet. Now you need to validate that data with scores. How do you determine if your data is good, bad or in between? This webinar will help you understand the validation process used by AWWA and give you tools to simplify the process. Once you understand the scoring process and have validated your data your total score provides you with some information. How that score can guide your decision making in reducing water loss will also be explained.

 

Navigating Funding Options for Water Infrastructure

DATE:              Wednesday, June 1

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1321411040660263426

Many small drinking water systems across the country need to access financing in order to rehabilitate or expand their water infrastructure. There are a several programs established at the federal or state level to finance such projects. However, it can be difficult for a smaller community to wade through these options in order to determine which program(s) may be a good fit for the community’s needs. This webinar will introduce some of the more common financing programs. It will include a demonstration of where to access information on these programs online. There will also be a demonstration of two recent steps at the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program to streamline the application process for drinking water systems. These include the common template for the Preliminary Engineering Reports, as well as the new RDApply online application process.

 

Where Am I Starting From? Understanding Your Water System’s Electric Bill + the new Energy Usage Baseline Tool

DATE:              Wednesday, June 8

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/73010144085636098

For many water systems, the electric (or energy) bill is one of the largest operating expenses regularly incurred by the water system. It is also one of the most controllable operating expenses a water system will have. In order to begin to save money from energy conservation measures, it is first necessary to know where you are starting from.  This webinar will help you:

+  Learn how to understand your electric bill(s) and their various components;

+  Compare different electricity rate schedules (if available from your electricity provider) as a means of looking for a more cost-saving, advantageous rate schedule (similar to shopping for the best cell phone plan you can find); and

+  Use the Environmental Finance Center’s new Energy Usage Baseline tool, an Excel-based tool to help you establish the baseline of electricity usage for your water system, and track the effectiveness of energy conservation measures across time that you adopt.

 

Successful Communication With Your Board

DATE:              Thursday, June 16

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

REGISTER:     https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7550101530406351362

 

Water system managers, directors, supervisors and operators may all have to report to a board of directors, commission or council frequently or on an occasional basis. This can be a nerve-wracking and uncertain experience for many people. This webinar will cover what needs to be covered in discussions with board members, what can (generally) be left out and how to present information and recommendations to ensure a continued safe supply of water for your utility.

 

Completing an Energy Audit – What You Need to Do Your Own

DATE:              Wednesday, June 22

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1279049056024847619

If you are interested in completing your own energy audit, this webinar will provide you with the information you need to be successful. By completing an energy audit you will be able to see what the energy costs are to run each piece of equipment you use at your utility. This information can then be used to help determine if there are potential operational changes, size changes or other changes that could be made that would save the utility operations money that could be better used elsewhere

New Webinar:  Find Money in the Water System Budget – Internal Energy Revolving Funds

How can water systems find ways to pay for projects to reduce their energy costs?  Our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network have a new approach for you to consider.

DATE:              April 12, 2016

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

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4941510192898892804

This webinar will focus on the Internal Energy Revolving Fund (IERF) concept, also known as an “Energy Bank” or “Green Revolving Fund.”  In this model, an organization uses the fund to pay for energy improvements to its internal operations (e.g. pumps and motors, lighting, HVAC equipment, solar panels, etc.) and then uses the avoided energy costs from one project to help pay for the next project—thus the fund “revolves.”  This webinar will look at sources of money to seed the fund initially and ways to structure it for long-term success.

There is no cost to participate in this web event, but you must register in advance.