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Newsletter #164 for May 17, 2016
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Learn From Others With the Drought Response and Recovery Guide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Drought Response and Recover Guide provides worksheets, best practices, videos, and key resources to help water utilities respond to droughts and building long-term resilience. This interactive, user-friendly tool shares lessons learned from seven small and medium utilities across the country that successfully responded to extreme drought conditions. The guide includes four main sections: 
  • Staffing, response plans, and funding
  • Water supply and demand management
  • Communication and partnerships
  • Case studies and videos 
Click here to begin exploring the guide, case studies map, and videos GeoPlatform

Find Videos at WaterOperator.org

There’s a new way for you to search the document database at WaterOperator.org! As more and more webinar recordings and video tutorials migrate online, we’ve come to recognize that online videos are a valuable resource for our users.

To see the videos we’ve added to the database, select "Type" and then "Videos" in our documents database

Recently at WaterOperator.org

Financial Accounting for Small Systems
This guest post from 2012 is as helpful today as it was then. It offers tips to help system managers and board members form a strategy for improving their financial management. 

Websites Offer Conveniences for Utilities and Customers
Some things to keep in mind when trying to decide whether to launch a website for your utility.

Engaging Customers in a Digital World
Learn tips and tricks for building a successful social media strategy. 

Emergency Planning Goes Digital
There are a suite of computer and mobile tools that can help utilities plan smarter and faster. In this post, we share just a few examples. 

Public Advisories: They're Not Just for Emergencies
Utilities can use public advisories to garner community buy-in and raise awareness of the value of water.

 

Free Webinar

Where Am I Starting From? Understanding Your Water System's Electric Bill and the New Energy Usage Baseline Tool
Wednesday, June 8 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Hosted by the Environmental Finance Center Network 

This webinar will help you to learn how to understand your electric bill(s) and their various components; how to compare different electricity rate schedules (if available from your electricity provider) as a means of looking for a more cost-saving, advantageous rate schedule (similar to shopping for the best cell phone plan you can find); and how to use the Environmental Finance Center’s new Energy Usage Baseline tool, an Excel-based tool to help you establish the baseline of electricity usage for your water system, and track the effectiveness of energy conservation measures across time that you adopt. 

Click here for more information.
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Free Resource

A Strategy for Funding Without Federal Assistance
Water Research Foundation

This 3-page factsheet discusses methods utilities can use to fund infrastructure projects on their own. Water utilities should conduct an integrated planning process that consists of three important components: strategic business planning, capital planning, and financial planning. 

Click here to view.
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Featured Video: Drought Response & Recovery for Water Utilities Case Study: Spicewood Beach Water System, Texas

Part of the Drought Response and Recovery Guide hightlighted above, this video describes how the Spicewood Beach Water System (now owned by Corix Utilities) in Spicewood, Texas responded to and recovered from a severe drought. After their well water supply could not meet customer demand, they utility had to begin hauling water to their community. While hauling water was a temporary solution, Corix Utilities worked with consulting firms and state agencies to come up with a unique engineering solution to obtain a permanent water supply. 

Click here to watch the video
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Reading Selections

Town Honored for Providing Top Quality Drinking Water
Water operators in Friday Harbor, a small town in Washington, have been recognized for consistently meeting high water quality standards than those set by regulations. 

With Millions in Needed Wastewater Treatment Upgrades, Waldorf Scrambles to Fund Project
Waldorf, Minnesota, population 229, has only weeks to pull together $12.76 million for upgrades to its wastewater treatment system and city utility lines before being issued fines that exceed what rate payers can afford. 

EPA Awards $1.95 Million Grant to Alexandria, VA Foundation
The Water Environment Research Foundation in Virginia has been awarded $1.95 million to develop tools that will help communities identify the best ways to control stormwater water. 

Ten Oregon School Water Systems Test Positive for Lead Contamination
Ten schools, most of which are in rural communities, have fallen outside regulatory limits for lead in drinking water over the past four years. 

Havana Awarded $1 Million Loan for Drinking Water Projects
The small town of Havana, Florida will use loan money from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to fund a new water well project. 
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