Newsletter #152 for November 24, 2015
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Communicating the Risks of Contaminants of Emerging Concern

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has created a suite of resources to help water professionals understand and communicate with the public about the risks associated with four emerging drinking water contaminants. Free tools include an animated video explaining the process U.S. EPA to assess the risks of detected contaminants and Q&A-style fact sheets for four key substances: volatile organic compoundschromiummedicines and personal care products, and N-nitrosodimethylamine

These resources are part of a larger WRF project to develop risk communication messages for emerging contaminants based on scientific research and consumer risk perceptions. A full project report, as well as additional information on the four emerging contaminants, is also available to WRF subscribers

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Drinking Water Centers Launch a New Webinar Series

The National Centers for Innovation in Small Drinking Water Systems kicked off their webinar series Nov. 6 with detailed discussions of the demographics of small systems and the issues they face. Going forward, the webinar series will highlight work underway at the University of Colorado-Boulder's DeRISK Center and WINSSS Center at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to facilitate widespread acceptance of new technologies by small drinking water systems. The centers' parallel research efforts are funded by U.S. EPA. 

While the live webinars are intended for cross-communication between the centers, recordings will be available at soon. In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to Technology News for monthly updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Washington State Extends Emergency Loans

The Washington State Department of Health will continue to offer low-interest loans to water systems damaged by natural disasters. Systems can apply for up to $100,000 to pay for construction, reconstruction, replacement, rehabilitation, temporary repair, or improvement projects necessary to continue or restore water system operations. Funding is provided through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. 

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Recently at

Templates for an Emergency Response Plan
The first in a three-part series with guides and tips to help small systems develop comprehensive emergency response plans. 

Better ERPs Part 2: Are You Prepared for a Drought? 
Be prepared with a drought contingency plan. 

Better ERPs Part 3: Is Your System Ready for Extreme Weather Events?
Part three of a series designed to help utilities build robust, comprehensive emergency response plans. 
Freddy the Fish Teaches about Stormwater (VIDEO)
Outreach video uses kid-friendly approach to teach the public about stormwater.

Free Webinar

Water Treatment Techniques
Tuesday, December 2 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific
Hosted by Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Participants attending this workshop will learn about water quality parameters, water sources, water treatment techniques, and water treatment regulations.

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Free Resource

Beyond Green: Energy Production Opportunities with Biosolids
Water Environment Federation

This 26-slide presentation discusses reasons to convert biosolids to energy, biodegradation, thermal conversion, emerging technologies, and selection factors for bioenergy recovery. 

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Featured Video: Wastewater Treatment Series

In our last newsletter, we told you about a video series created by the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) to help small community decision makers understand drinking water systems. But RCAP didn't stop there. They have also created a seven-part series explaining the technical steps in the process of treating wastewater at a treatment plant. Like the drinking water series, utilities can use these videos to educate the public and encourage more informed decisions about the operations, maintenance, and expansion of wastewater treatment infrastructure. 

Click here to watch the introduction. For all seven videos, visit the RCAP YouTube page
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40 out of 50 state water managers expect water shortages under average conditions at some point in the next decade. 


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Reading Selections

Senate Backs Resolution to Get Rid of EPA Clean Water Rules
Early this month, the Senate voted to scrap new federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries, and wetlands from development and pollution. 

$314 million earmarked for rural water and waste infrastructure projects
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that they will fund 141 projects to build and improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities. 

10-Year Water Leak in Cherokee Finally Repaired
With help from the Alabama Rural Water Association, officials have found and stopped a leak that lost about 1.3 million gallons per month over roughly a decade. 

5 Reasons to Harvest the Power of Biogas
A biosolids expert from WesTech discusses why he thinks ever wastewater treatment plant should reconsider turning biosolids into biogas. 

San Marcos follows voters' wishes and shuts of fluoride
The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority has stopped adding flouride during the treatment of San Marcos's water following the electoral success of a grassroots effort. 
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