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.


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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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)



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)


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)


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.

New EFCN Webinars – Utility Partnerships; Energy Improvements

Our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) continue to host a series of no cost small system-focused webinars that should be helpful to state staff engaged in small system support.  Below is information on the latest two in the EFCN series.


Identifying and Overcoming Challenges to Successful Water Utility Partnerships

This webinar will explore the challenges water systems, particularly small water systems, face when entering into agreements and partnerships with other water systems. A variety of partnership models will be discussed and example case study scenarios will be provided, but the primary focus will be on agreements to sell and buy water under different conditions.

DATE:              September 11, 2015

TIME:               1:30-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click Register

The webinar will also examine agreement challenges and strategies that take into consideration local water supply objectives – is the agreement being used to provide a permanent water supply; a time limited water supply that allows for postponement of new facilities; a periodic water supply during times of drought or peak demand; or an emergency water supply times during times of crisis. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss entering into different types of agreements under different circumstances. Jeff Hughes, Director, EFC at UNC Chapel Hill, will be the presenter


 Find Money in the Water System Budget: Paying for Energy Improvements

This webinar will focus on energy savings performance contracting (ESPC). In ESPC, an energy services company (ESCO), a financing firm, a measurement & verification (M&V) firm, and a customer (the water system) come together to design, finance, and build energy improvements at the water system.

DATE:              September 16, 2015

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

REGISTER:      Click this link Register

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. However, even after energy assessments have been completed, energy usage baselines have been constructed, and project ideas have been drawn up and prioritized, water system managers may lack ideas for how to pay for it.  Glenn Barnes, Director and David Tucker, Project Director – EFC at UNC Chapel Hill are the presenters for this event.

If you have questions about either of these events, please contact:

Laura Flagg (for registration questions) at

Lexi Kay Herndon (for program questions) at

ASDWA-EPA Webinar on Power Resiliency Posted

On August 5, ASDWA and EPA co-hosted a webinar on Power Resiliency at Water Utilities: What States Can Do.  State capacity development and operator certification program staff were invited to attend (in addition to their water security counterparts) because of the great practical recommendations that apply to all water systems when it comes to being better prepared!

ASDWA has posted both the recorded version of the webinar and the powerpoint slide presentations provided by the presenters – Lauren Wisniewski of EPA’s Water Security Division and Bill Gilday of the New York Department of Health’s Drinking Water Program.  You may view and/or download these materials on ASDWA’s website under the Security tab in the Important Documents Section.




Find Money in the Water System Budget: Energy Management Project Ideas, Prioritization, and Implementation

Under their EPA competitive award, the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFNC) and AWWA are continuing their partnership to provide helpful and useful information for smaller water systems through web events.

On June 9, please joint these partners to learn more about energy management projects that may be real cost savers for the water system.

DATE:  June 9, 2015

TIME:   2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTRATION:  Click Register Now!

In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • Steps 5 and 6 of implementing an energy management plan, as outlined in the seven-step framework in the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Water and Wastewater Energy Management Best Practices Handbook.
  • Energy management project ideas for small water systems, as well as ways to prioritize and implement such projects.
  • A water system in Kansas that has done significant energy management work, resulting in operating cost savings.

If you have questions or need assistance in registering for this webinar, please contact Lisa Ruggero at 


In their ongoing work to support small systems, the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) invites you to participate in several new web training events.  There is no cost to attend these sessions and some may offer continuing education credits.

1.  Developing and Financing a Capital Plan for a Water System      

DATE:  May 5, 2015  

TIME:   1:00-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Click this link Register 

Establishing a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is an important facet of the management of a water utility’s assets. This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the components of a CIP. It will also highlight how a CIP, along with other best management practices such as asset management and benchmarking, can improve a utility’s access to financing from the multiple federal and state programs that exist. The webinar will also provide participants with descriptions of these financing programs that provide funding for water infrastructure projects.

In this webinar you will:

  • learn about creating a capital plan for your water system,
  • view a demonstration of the EFC at UNC’s “What to Include in Your Capital Plan” Tool,
  • understand the spectrum of financing options for water infrastructure needs, and
  • compare and contrast grants versus loans and other more sustainable funding sources.

2.  Ask the Expert: A Unique Opportunity to Ask Your Asset Management Questions or Seek Advice on How to Begin

DATE:  May 12, 2015  

TIME:   1:30-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Click this link Register 

If you have been to an asset management training or have considered or even started asset management activities, you 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?” You may have specific questions regarding something you’ve tried and had difficulty with. This webinar will provide you with a unique opportunity to ask any and all questions regarding asset management or implementing asset management.

If you have questions about registering for these events, please contact Lisa Ruggero at

Questions about the EFCN program and continuing education, contact Khris Dodson at

And…for you long range planners, you may want to add the following to your calendar…

Find Money in the Water System Budget: Energy Management Project Ideas, Prioritization, and Implementation

DATE:  June 9, 2015  

TIME:   2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Click this link Register