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Newsletter #29 for June 14, 2016
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Registration Open for U.S. EPA Drinking Water Workshop

Tribal officials and operators are once again invited to attend a three-day workshop focused on issues faced by small drinking water systems. Hosted in cooperation with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, the event will feature nine technical sessions, six breakout groups, and opportunities to ask the expert. Agenda topics include the Revised Total Coliform and Lead and Copper rules, health advisories, distribution system issues, and more. 

Registration is free. Sign up by August 12 to be included on the list of attendees. 

Click here for more details and lodging information. 

Tap Into More Than 300 Lead and Copper Resources

Can't wait till the Drinking Water Workshop for answers to your lead and copper questions? The WaterOperator.org documents database includes 384—and counting—fact sheets, newsletter articles, manuals, and more from agencies and technical assistance providers. Simply select "Lead and Copper" in the Category menu to access them all. 

Events for Tribal Water Systems

Lead and Copper Rule Part 2: After an Action Level Exceedance
June 15 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

EPA's Office of Water is hosting a webinar series discussing the Lead and Copper Rule. This webinar will discuss Lead and Copper Rule requirements after an action level exceedance. It will include public education requirements, corrosion control treatment, optimal water quality parameters, source water monitoring, and lead service line replacement requirements. | Click here for more information.

Electrical Controls
June 21-23 | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Hosted by Indian Health Service

This course provides operational knowledge of basic electrical concepts and exposure to common electrical components used in water and sewer utility control systems. In this popular course, operators learn to use electrical meters and apply elementary trouble shooting techniques while constructing and testing actual pump control panels. Click here for more information.

NAWMA Meeting
June 29 | Little River, California
Hosted by the Rural Community Assistance Corporation 

The purpose of NAWMA meetings is to provide a forum to discuss evolving drinking water regulations, technologies, and issues facing tribal water utilities. Topics for this training include reading lab results, understanding your septic system, lead and copper compliance, and Lamotte 7105-03 Chlorine Testers, as well as a roundtable discussion. | Click here for more information.
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Featured Resource

Tribal Utility Governance Program Manual
Rural Community Assistance Corporation

This 345-page manual covers tribal utility management topics including the authority and responsibility of tribal utilities; the ins and outs of holding meetings; governing, managing, and operating tribal utilities; personnel management; and working with customers. The document also includes appendices with sample policies, forms, agreements, customer commmunication, and other documents.  

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In the News


EPA Finalizes Rule Giving Tribes Clean Water Act Authority
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a rule last month that gives eligible tribes the power to administer Clean Water Act programs and receive grants similarly to states. 

DOJ Backs Santa Clara Pueblo in Water Easements Case
The Department of Justice is suing the small town of Espanola, New Mexico on behalf of the Santa Clara Pueblo for continuing to use expired water and sewer easements that run through Pueblo land. 

Hopis Request Inclusion in Flagstaff Water Pipeline Study
The Hopi Tribe is asking to be part of a federal studying investigating the environmental impact of a proposed pipeline that would transport water to Flagstaff and pass through the Coconino Forest, which includes tribal historic and cultural resources. 

Water Construction Receives Approval from Tribe
The Navajo Nation and Indian Health Service have a memorandum of understanding to construct a water and wastewater line in the Beclabito and Gadii'ahi chapters. 

California Tribes Push Back on Water Issues
In this Q&A, tribal policy advisor Anecita Agustinez discusses how Native American communities are impacted by California's pressing water issues. 
 
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