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!

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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

 

New ORD Small Systems Webinar

This month’s small system-focused webinar hosted by EPA’s Office of Research and Development will look at a new Decision Support Methodology for Small Systems to Evaluate and Select Treatment Technologies.

DATE:              Tuesday, September 26

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4142166351292189186

Knowing which treatment technologies to consider and how to select the best option to solve compliance challenges can be particularly daunting for small systems.  This webinar will highlight a decision support methodology that allows users to decide what criteria are most important and then providing an easy way to compare technology alternatives with respect to each identified criterion – beyond simple cost comparisons.

New Resiliency Webinar from EFCN

Our EFCN partners are hosting a webinar titled Resilience:  Planning on Disaster and Preparing for Disruption.  How do you prevent or mitigate the duration of severity of water service interruptions – especially if you’re a small system?

DATE:              Wednesday, September 20

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7020594331405763586

This event will outline a basic framework for small water systems to use in in their resilience planning.  It will also offer various tools and resources to help get plan implementation off the ground.

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.

A States ‘Save the Date’

  ASDWA and EPA’s Water Finance Center are joining forces to bring you information about a new resource – the Water Finance Clearinghouse.  We are planning for an hour-long webinar from 1:00-2:00PM (eastern) on September 28.

As stated on the Center’s website, “The Water Finance Center provides financing information to help local decision makers make informed decisions for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure to protect human health and the environment.”  The new Clearinghouse is a searchable database of information on available financing tools drawn from state programs, city and county initiatives, and utility organization tools and strategies.  You can also search for information on funding availability such as SRFs, CDBG funding, foundation-supported grant programs, etc.

So, mark your calendars today and stay tuned for more information about this web opportunity targeted specifically for state drinking water program staff.

UNC EFC Webinar on Designing Rate Structures

  Our colleagues at the University of North Carolina’s Environmental Finance Center are hosting a webinar titled Designing Water Rate Structures that Support Your Utility’s Objectives.

 

DATE:              Thursday, August 24

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

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1399131129069493505

Different rate structure designs affect revenue generation and can either help or hinder varying objectives of the utility.  This webinar will describe different elements of water and wastewater rate structures, and when it is appropriate to favor certain elements or rate structure designs based on the unique characteristics and objectives of the utility.

 

New EPA Water Finance Clearinghouse

Have you been looking for information to help your water systems better understand their financing options?  EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center (WIRFC) may have the answers you need.

Last week, EPA’s WIRFC launched the Water Finance Clearinghouse, a web‐based portal to help communities make informed financing decisions for their drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs. The Clearinghouse provides communities with a searchable database with more than $10 billion in water funding sources and lists more than 550 resources to support local water infrastructure projects.  It consolidates and expands upon existing EPA-supported databases to create a one-stop-shop for all community water finance needs.  Working in real time, states, as well as other water sector stakeholders, can add new resources to the Clearinghouse through the Contributor Portal.

Want to know more about how it works?  EPA is hosting a series of hour long “how to” webinars for the Clearinghouse on August 3, 14, 18, 24, and 31 between 2 and 3PM (eastern).  You can register for one of the webinars here.