Newsletter #148 for September 22, 2015
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Missouri Rural Water Association to Celebrate 50 Years

What began with only 35 members meeting in a hotel in Springfield, Missouri now includes nearly 900 water districts, municipalities, subdivisions, mobile home parks, and private entities. The Missouri Rural Water Association will celebrate 50 years of supporting the state's small water suppliers next year during their Annual Technical Conference at the Branson Convention Center March 1-3, 2016. 

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U.S. EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund Website 

EPA has launched a new comprehensive website for their Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), which has provided more than $105 billion for water infrastructure projects since 1987. The site includes information on the project eligibility and financial assistance options, as well as links to state CWSRF programs. 

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Instructional video on valve exercising. 
Outreach Campaign Helps Utilities Communicate Infrastructure Needs
A national public outreach campaign aims to help utilities and news organizations reach the public with the importance of water and water infrastructure.

Free Webinar

UV Disinfection Systems: Treatment of Groundwater for Small/Medium Sized Water Utilities
Tuesday, September 29, 2 p.m. Eastern
Hosted by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

This webinar features two presentations: one discussing UV disinfection as an option for SDWA compliance and a second on EPA's evaluation of new approaches for validating UV reactors. A certificate for one continuing education contact hour will be offered for this webinar.

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Free Resource

Complying with the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule: Small Entity Compliance Guide
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This 45 slide guide is designed for owners and operators of public water systems serving 10,000 or fewer persons that are required to comply with the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2ESWTR). 

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Featured Video: Coliform Sampling Best Practices

This video from the Rural Community Assistance Partnership provides 13 steps for proper coliform sampling and discusses how to find a good sampling site. 

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Reading Selections

NSF Awards $12 Million to Establish Urban Water Sustainability Research Network
Led by Colorado State University, this network will create technological, institutional, and management solutions to help communities increase water system resiliency and prepare for water crises.

Guidance for LT2 Rule Compliance: 10 Technology Tips
This Q&A offers guidance for utilities, particularly small suppliers, still engaged in the second round of monitoring and compliance under U.S. EPA’s Long Term 2 Surface Water Treatment Rule.

California Groundwater Law Tests State’s Capacity to Oversee a Vital Resource
California’s year-old Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is the first statewide effort to safeguard depleted aquifers, but implementing its requirements on schedule is proving to be a challenge.

This New Technology Converts Sea Water into Drinking Water in Minutes
Egyptian researchers have developed low-cost synthetic membranes that can filter out large salt particles, as well as sewage and dirt.

The EPA Has Failed the Navajo Nation
In this editorial, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye argues that the U.S. EPA ignored warnings that the Gold King Mine and others posed a threat to communities downstream and criticizes the Agency’s response in the days and weeks after the spill.
  • Here’s coverage from the Miami Herald of a recent Senate hearing where EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy defended the Agency’s actions in responding to and investigating the Gold King Mine spill.
Ohio Supreme Court rules regional sewer district has authority to manage stormwater, charge feels for program
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will resume its stormwater management program after a state Supreme Court ruling recognized its authority to pay for the program with fees collected from property owners in 60 communities. 
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