Newsletter #159 for March 3, 2016
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New U.S. EPA Tool Helps Operators Safeguard Source Water

Water operators, state programs, and federal agencies can no find critical information needed to protect drinking water sources with EPA's new Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect Source Waters (DWMAPS). The robust, online mapping tool lets users see if source waters are polluted and if there are possible sources of pollution that could affect their communities’ water supply. DWMAPS can also teach the public about their watershed and water supplier, in addition to giving guidance on how they can get involved in protecting community drinking water sources. 

The mapping system does not display the locations of public water system facility intakes, but it does contain a wide variety of data useful to the protection of drinking water sources. DWMAPS was developed in consultation with EPA regional drinking water programs, state drinking water regulators, and public water systems.

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Join Witchita State University EFC

The Environmental Finance Center at Wichita State University is looking for a program manager to join the center’s fast growing team. The ideal candidate has working knowledge of utilities and is interested in helping communities improve their utility management and finances. The program manager will provide on-site and project assistance as well develop and deliver trainings on a wide range of local government environmental topics areas, with a primary focus on water, wastewater, and stormwater.

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Register Your Utility to Participate in Research

The Water Research Foundation is looking for utilities to serve as a test facility, provide water samples, respond to surveys, loan equipment, or share staff expertise on particular research projects. In return, you will gain firsthand information on the study and will benefit from working with researchers and others in the water community.   

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Take a Tour of and Help Spread the Word

Our free webinar to highlight the features of the new, mobile-friendly has been rescheduled for March 14 at 1:00 pm CST. The hour-long event will also give you a sneak peek at our program plans for the coming year. Click here to register

Whether you're waiting to explore the new site during the webinar or are already familiar with its features, we know some of you may be interested in sharing news of the rebrand with industry partners and community stakeholders. The official announcement, which went out to roughly 500 agencies, universities, and industry groups, is available to share. Click here to download

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Water Reuse in Illinois: Part 2
The second part of our interview with a sanitation district who has agreed to supply over 6 million gallons of effluent to a fertilizer plant. 

Free Board Training Offered for Missouri Utilities
Missouri Rural Water is offering free training for utility board and council members in 2016.

SRF Could Help Illinois Water Reuse Project 
This interview with an Illinois wastewater district director takes a behind-the-scenes look at a water reuse project years in the making. 

Operator Math Part 3: Continuous Education 
The third and final installment of our operator math series highlights videos, blog series, and more to help you test and strengthen your knowledge of commonly—and not so commonly—used formulas and functions.

Free Webinar

Lead Testing, Response and Communications
Wednesday, March 9 at 3:00 pm EST
Hosted by Association of Public Health Laboratories

Given the recent lead crisis in Flint, Michigan, questions have arisen regarding the governmental environmental health system. One question that may not be asked frequently is the role of the public health laboratory. How do public health laboratories test for lead in drinking water and people? What resources are available for emergency response? What is the role of the laboratory in crisis communications and media relations in a public health emergency? This webinar for environmental health professionals and the public will answer these questions and more.

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Free Resource

Charting a Path to the Utility of the Future, Part 3: Innovative Financing & Rates
National Association of Clean Water Agencies

This 1 hour, 30 minute video is a recording of the third part of a three-part web seminar series. The slides are also available on their own here. There were four presentations offered during this webcast: Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA), Public-Private Financing of Water/Wastewater Infrastructure, From Rags to Resources, and 100-Year Green Bonds. The last 10 minutes feature a question and answer session. 

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Reading Selections

Water Runs Black in Texas Town Already Wracked by Corruption Arrests
Black, stinky water flowed from faucets in Crystal City after the city's elevated water tank was drained and built-up sediment got into the water. 

WaterSmart Launches Platform for Small Water Utilities
The new version of a software designed to help utilities understand consumption patterns, identify meter reading anomalies, and detect potential links is tailored to the needs of small systems. 

Development, Tax Base in Need of Wastewater Capacity
This editorial discusses the need for and benefits of expanding the wastewater system in the small Texas town of Dripping Springs. 

Sewage Treatment Seen as Barrier to Rising Antibiotic Resistance
Research out of Ireland suggests that antibiotic-resistant bacteria populations are greatly reduced by effective wastewater treatment. 

Stanford Researchers Develop Financing Framework to Fund Critical Freshwater Projects

Using lessons learned from the energy industry, researchers at Stanford have identified tools and techniques that could be used to upgrade the nation's water infrastructure. 
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