Newsletter #185 for April 5, 2017
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Iowa Bill Would Dissolve Water Utility That Sued For Ag Pollution

A bill was introduced in Iowa to dissolve independent water utilities in Des Moines and the neighboring suburbs, replacing them with city departments. This legislation comes on the heels of the Iowa state Supreme Court ruling against Des Moines Waterworks for a lawsuit they filed against three upstream counties to recover the costs of filtering nitrogen the utility claimed came from agricultural runoff. Instead, the utility is facing dissolution. Des Moines Water Works CEO Bill Stowe said the state’s nitrate pollution cannot be downplayed much longer, and that he fears the bill is intended as retribution. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jarad Klein (R- Dist. 78), denies the connection.

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Featured Video: Valve Maintenance
To get ready for spring, this video from RCAP provides a do and don't list for valve maintenance. 

Lessons From the California Drought: Planning Rates and Water Conservation Can Protect Utilities From Lean Times Ahead
As California moves out of its drought, the lessons learned by its utilities have been shared through multiple resources, which are summarized in this blog post.

Featured Video: Operator Math
Looking to brush up on your calculating abilities? This blog post offers a round up of some of the great resources available online for water operators.

Many Organizations Offer Resources For Tribal Utilities
This blog post provides a list of funding resources for tribal projects and organizations that can assist with infrastructure projects.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This webinar will explain how drinking water professionals can work with public health partners to collect and use data that can pinpoint possible public health concerns related to contaminated drinking water.

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A Water Security Handbook: Planning for and Responding to Drinking Water Contamination Threats and Incidents
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This document provides guidelines for utilities to plan for possible contamination incidents, including sampling, public health procedures, and recovery.
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Featured Video: Protecting Distribution System Water Quality

This video from our partners at RCAP covers the ways water in storage tanks can be contaminated and includes strategies for inspection and storage to protect water safety.

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Reading Selections

Mountainair Residents Told of Water Concerns
Water operator says a mix-up in training materials caused him to fail his certification exam. The town noticed when a routine sanitary survey revealed two violations for non-emergency drinking water requirements.


Seattle Plant Failure Dumps Millions of Gallons of Sewage
The largest sewage treatment plant in Washington state is limping along since a massive power outage and flood in February. Partially treated sewage is being released into Puget Sound, leading to beach closures and concerns for wildlife and human health.

Whidbey Island Drinking-Water Wells Polluted with Firefighting Chemicals Near Navy Airstrips
Several private wells near a U.S. Navy base in Washington state showed levels several times the EPA limits for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs). The Navy is providing bottled water for well-owners while investigating the problem. 

Many Louisiana Water Systems Operating in Red, Audit Finds: Here's Why That's a Safety Concern
A new report by the state legislative auditor found that about forty percent of water systems run by Louisiana's local governments don't charge high enough rates to cover their own expenses. Crumbling infrastructure is adding to potential expenses, and small systems are beginning to consider mergers and consolidation. 
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