Newsletter #161 for April 5, 2016
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Promote Your Utility's Value During National Drinking Water Week

National Drinking Water Week is around the corner, but there's still time for utilities to plan community outreach that promotes the value of safe drinking water and emphasizes the critical role utilities play in securing public health. To help you reach out to your employees, customers, and communities, the American Water Works Association has complied a toolkit with everything from ideas for community events and youth activities to free customizable promotional materials. 

Click here for celebration ideas. And download the complete suite of English and Spanish resources here

Let's #TalkAboutWater 

If you haven't already, be sure to join the new Small Communities #TalkAboutWater group on Linkedin for opportunities to talk directly with fellow water operators, regulators, technical assistance providers, and other water industry professionals about issues specific to communities with fewer than 10,000 people. Simply visit the group page and click "Ask to join." 

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Do You Rely on Your SCADA System Too Much? 
Odds are there are some things that only you know about your plant. Write them down! 

Better ERPs Part 1: Hosting a Roundtable Discussion
The first in a four-part series, this post provides tips for how to connect water security with broader preparedness and resiliency efforts with a water emergency roundtable discussion. 

Better ERPs Part 2: Templates
The second in a four-part series with guides and tips to help small systems develop comprehensive emergency response plans. 

Better ERPs Part 3: Are you Prepared for a Drought?
Droughts are a pressing and frequent concern for many small communities. Incorporating a drought contingency plan into your broader ERP is one of the best ways to ensure your public water system is prepared. 

Better ERPs Part 4: Is Your System All-Hazard Ready?
The final part of our Better ERP series shares resources designed to help utilities build robust, comprehensive emergency response plans.

Free Webinar

Managing Water Loss Together – Three Utilities Share Strategies and Lessons Learned
Tuesday, April 12 at 11:00 am Mountain
Hosted by the American Water Works Association

The Borough of Monaca, Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA), and the City of Fairmont West Virginia will share innovative approaches to recover lost revenue, identify leaks, and deliver real results. 

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Free Resource

Odor Control
North Carolina Rural Water Association, Inc.

This 51-slide PowerPoint discusses the three causes of odors in treatments plants: wastewater odors, airborne odors, and slime layers in piping. Many solution options are addressed, including aerators, odor blocking (sealing), chemical additives, biofiltration, and hydroxyl ion fog systems.

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Featured Video: The Water Cycle

This and other educational videos can be a great addition to your public communication plans for National Drinking Water Week. Created by the National Science Foundation, this video uses animation, graphics, and video clips to illustrate and explain each stage of the Water Cycle. Understanding these processes plays a key role in appreciating the value of water.  

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Have a great video? We're dedicated to bringing you helpful, entertaining, or inspiring videos to you. If your organization has a relevant video to share, let us know!

Share This

The U.S. and Canada are home to roughly 1 million miles of pipelines and aqueducts. That's enough to circle the earth 40 times. 


Share This offers useful of interesting information that can be shared with the public and other stakeholders.

Reading Selections

Ohio Is Moving to Tighten Rules on Lead in Drinking Water
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has released a new plan that would tighten deadlines for public drinking water suppliers to inform homeowners about high lead levels and provide grants and loans to replace lead service lines and fixtures. 

Judge Chides Iowa in Clarion Wastewater Issue 
A district court judge is requiring the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the small town of Clarion to reevaluate the environmental impact of a wastewater plant currently under construction. 

Water Treatment Training Program Could Be Cut
A lack of state and federal student loan money has put an Illinois university operator training program on the chopping block. 

Unique Ways of Accessing the Clean Water State Revolving Fund
This editorial highlights communities who found innovative uses of CWSRF dollars. Examples were originally presented in a February Environmental Council of the States webinar. 

Water Is Broken. Data Can Fix It. 
In this op-ed, the writer argues that addressing the nation's water infrastructure, treatment, and supply concerns begins with modernizing water data. 

Bellefonte Hopes to Clear the Air With New Wastewater Upgrade
Borough officials have approved a $6.6 million upgrade to a Pennsylvania wastewater treatment plant to better control odor. 
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