Partnership Discussions

During the first part of March, EPA’s Sustainable Systems Team hosted a webinar to look at Water System Partnerships.  This event was part of the ongoing Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Capacity Building in Action webinar series.

Ellen Tarquinio (EPA SST) set the stage and provided background on the partnerships concept and what the range of partnerships can look like.  Two states then provided insights into how their capacity development programs supported a range of partnership opportunities.  Thanks to both Karen Torres of New Mexico and Arlene Wyatt of Washington for sharing their approaches!  For those of you who could not participate in the event, ASDWA has included the powerpoint presentations at the link below.


How to Share Good News

The March 21st edition of Newsletter has a useful article on how communities can use Public Advisories beyond emergency alerts.  As the article says, “Sometimes public notification systems are a great way to build good will and awareness of all drinking water and wastewater systems accomplish.”  Click Public Advisories: They’re Not Just for Emergencies to read more from on this subject.

Microsoft Ending Support for Windows Vista

Editor’s Note:  This information was provided by our colleagues at the WaterISAC.

If you know of any water systems still using the Windows Vista operating system, please let them know about the following ASAP.

“All software products have a lifecycle.  After April 11, 2017, Microsoft is ending support for the Windows Vista operating system.  After this date, this product will no longer receive security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft.  Computers running the Windows Vista operating system will continue to work even after support ends.  However, using unsupported software may increase the risks of viruses and other security threats.  Users and administrators are encouraged to upgrade to a currently supported operating system.  For more information, see Microsoft’s Vista support and product lifecycle articles.”

EFCN & AWWA Host a Workforce Webinar

Please join our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) and AWWA as they present a comprehensive overview of the components of attracting, maintaining, and retaining a quality workforce.

Workforce Development:  An Overview of Key Components

DATE:              Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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

REGISTER:      Click here Register

Topics covered will include:  recruitment, retention, evaluating performance, succession planning, and communicating about the industry,

Please share this information with those in your state with an interest in Workforce issues.

New CUPSS Training

Want to know more about how CUPSS (the Check Up Program for Small Systems) works?  Want to become a CUPSS trainer?  Then the information below is for you!

This 6-hour webinar training is divided across three separate, two hour sessions.  It consists of comprehensive training on how to use CUPSS software to implement asset management practices at small water and wastewater systems.  Each session will contain an overview of a CUPSS module, followed by live demonstrations.  AND…participants who complete the assignments after each session will receive a CUPSS Trainers Certificate and will be included in the CUPSS Trainers Directory.

CUPSS Train-the-Trainer Session 1:  Setting up CUPSS and My Inventory:  Learn how to install and navigate CUPSS, create an asset inventory, and set up a customized asset report

DATE:              Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

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


CUPSS Train-the-Trainer Session 2:  My O&M and My Finances:  Create your operation and maintenance tasks, enter finance information, and determine your financial forecast

DATE:              Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

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


CUPSS Train-the-Trainer Session 3:  My CUPSS Plan, Advanced Features, and Tips for Trainers:  Create a custom asset management plan, CUPSS troubleshooting tips, and advanced features

DATE:              Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

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


For questions or to receive more information, please email

National Rural Water to Host 3-Part GIS “How To” Webinar Series

In April and May, our colleagues at the National Rural Water Association will be hosting three webinars to look at Geographic Information Systems.  This webinar series includes an introduction to GIS fundamentals, data conversion methods, solutions for water, taking it to the field and back, plus resources to get started.  Presenters for all three sessions will be Jason Channin, Senior Solution Engineer at Esri’s Water Practice and David Totman, the Industry Manager for the Esri Global Water Practice.

These webinars are free and open to all interested parties.  However, you should register separately for each event.

Part 1: GIS 101 for Rural Water Systems

DATE:              April 13

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

REGISTER:      Register Now

This webinar will discuss the fundamentals of GIS, including:  What is a GIS? What resources do I need? How can it benefit my organization?


Part 2: Transforming Your Organization to a Digital World:

DATE:              April 27

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

REGISTER:      Register Now

This webinar will discuss the benefits gained by moving from paper to the digital ArcGIS platform, including:  Data Collection and Management; Basic Analysis; Mapping; and Using solutions for water.


Part 3: Going Mobile: Taking your GIS into the Field

DATE:              May 11

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

REGISTER:      Register Now

This webinar will discuss field workflows enabled by mobile apps including:  plan, coordinate, navigate, capture, and monitor.


EPA Selects the National Rural Water Association to Assist Region 8 Communities with Finance

EPA has selected the National Rural Water Association as the Environmental Finance Center to support technical assistance and training for municipalities within the jurisdiction of EPA Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY).  The award has been announced by EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center (WIRFC).  WIRFC manages and supports ten Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) located across the country to provide innovative solutions to communities to help manage the costs of environmental protection programs and activities. Since 1992, the EFCs have been working to promote sustainable environmental and financial practices throughout the United States.

EPA’s WIRFC (often called just the Water Finance Center) is an information and assistance center, helping communities make informed decisions for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure to protect human health and the environment.

EPA ORD Small System Webinar for February

Registration is now open for EPA’s Small Drinking Water Systems Webinar on Removal of Inorganic Contaminants of Interest: Strontium and Nitrates.

DATE:                  February 28

TIME:                   2:00-3:00PM (eastern) with optional 30 minute Q&A


Two topics will be covered during this event – removal of strontium from drinking water by conventional treatment and lime softening – and nitrate treatment technologies for drinking water.

This webinar is part of EPA’s Small Systems Monthly Webinar Series:  Challenges and Treatment Solutions for Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems.  Recommended attendees include primacy agencies, water utilities, assistance providers, and others interested in community water system solutions.

March Webinars on Financials

Just a reminder – our EFCN and AWWA partners are facilitating helpful workshops on issues relating to financial capacity.  If you haven’t already done so, please register today!

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.


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.


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.

Did You Miss “Communicating with the Public”?

On February 9, ASDWA’s colleagues at AWWA and the Environmental Finance Center Network cosponsored a webinar titled Communicating with the Public about Water Infrastructure.  The information and shared techniques on effective communication were very helpful.  If you didn’t have a chance to view the webinar, you can watch it at your convenience using this link: