Newsletter #143 for June 6, 2015
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2015 State of the Water Industry Report

The American Water Works Association has just released its annual report of industry statistics and challenges facing this sector. The big issues highlighted include system stewardship, water resources management, value of water, regulations, and workforce. 14% of the 1,747 survey respondents work for a utility with fewer than 3,000 connections. You need to provide contact information to download the report, but it is free.

Get News about the WINSSS and DeRISK Centers

In our last issue we introduced you to the WINSSS and DeRISK centers for treatment technology innovation at small drinking water systems. These groups will spearhead an effort to reduce the barriers to adoption of new technologies in small and rural communities.

Our team is developing a sister newsletter (to this one) that will focus specifically on these issues and highlight the work of the centers throughout the project period. Our first issue will be distributed this summer.

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Free Webinar

Drought Contingency Planning
June 17, 2015 at 10am and 2pm Pacific
Hosted by Rural Community Assistance Corporation

This workshop will cover how to plan for drought to reduce the vulnerability of the water system. Learn how a water audit can identify where water losses are coming from in your water system, why water meters are a critical tool for water conservation, and how to find existing leaks to control water losses.

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Position Opening in Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation

via ASDWA's "The Source" blog...

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (home for the state’s drinking water program) is seeking an Environmental Analyst – Supervisory Operations Specialist.  The main responsibilities of the position include the following:
  • Manages the public water system sanitary survey inspection program.  Ensures federal sanitary survey requirements of the Performance Partnership Agreement are met for community and non-transient non-community public water systems.  Trains staff on all aspects of public water system technical standards and federal Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.
  • Manages the operating permit program, which ensures that public water system operational standards are met, that public water systems are in compliance with other state and federal standards, and that any non-compliance is effectively remediated with compliance schedules that are special conditions of an operating permit. Coordinates with the compliance section and recommends systems for enforcement and then supports those efforts.
  • Supervises the drinking water personnel responsible for conducting the sanitary surveys, writing the operating permits, providing technical assistance to water systems, and entering or maintaining all required information into respective division databases, in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Performs sanitary surveys and develops operating permits as needed for public water systems with significant issues, particularly if system is potentially an enforcement case.  Coordinates with the other sections in the Division, the Department and the Facilities Engineering Division, regarding systems receiving DWSRF funding for water system improvements, and especially those needed to rectify public health risks and sanitary engineering deficiencies.
For more information, please contact Ellen Parr Doering at 802-236-1483 or

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Reading Selections

EPA Releases Draft Assessment on Potential Impacts of Fracking
The EPA released a draft assessment of the potential impacts to drinking water resources from hydraulic fracturing for public comment and peer review.  5 Burning Questions On Uranium And Radium Removal
A technology vendor provides guidance by addressing five key questions utilities should consider when choosing a radionuclides removal system.

“Mommy, Where Does It Go When I Flush?”
In this essay from an EPA employee a mom considers how to explain sewage treatment to a 3 year old. Editor's Note: This is a good one to share!

Water And Wastewater Utilities At High Risk Of Cyberattack
Across industry, the rate of cybersecurity threats is going up. Nearly 70 percent of critical infrastructure companies surveyed suffered a security breach in the last year.

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Jay Z Stumbles Into Value-Of-Water Debate
The hip-hop mogul set off alarm bells last month when he made an inaccurate statement about the cost of water.

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Indigo Water Group Math Videos (VIDEO)
Learn how to solve common math problems with these free video tutorials.

Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC)
Discover the peace-of-mind benefits of belonging to the WaterISAC community. 

RCAC Collects Drought Resources for Water Utilities
Discover a collection of drought planning resources useful to water utilties around the country as well as in California.
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