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Newsletter #166 for June 21, 2016
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Are you at ACE this week?

If you're one of the 10,000+ attending the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition this week, make sure you stop by Booth #979 to learn more about WaterOperator.org, our sister program PrivateWellClass.org, and the services for small systems offered across the country by the RCAP network.

Register for U.S. EPA Drinking Water Workshop by August 12

Mark your calendars for the 13th Annual U.S. EPA Drinking Water Workshop on August 23-25. Hosted in cooperation with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, the event will feature nine technical sessions, six breakout groups, and opportunities to ask the expert—and all with a focus on issues faced by small drinking water systems. Agenda topics include the Revised Total Coliform and Lead and Copper rules, health advisories, distribution system issues, and more. 

Registration is free. Sign up by August 12 to be included on the list of attendees. 

Click here for more details and lodging information. 

Water Infrastructure and Finance Innovation Act ICR Public Comment Period is Open

U.S. EPA is inviting the public to comment on the Water Infrastructure and Finance Innovation Act (WIFIA) Information Collection Request and draft application materials. The purpose of the WIFIA program is to provide federal credit assistance in the form of direct loans and loan guarantees to eligible clean water and drinking water projects.

The public comment period will end July 22. Click here to review the full list of documents and to provide comments. 

Free Training Available for Missouri Boards or Councils

The Missouri Rural Water Association is offering free board and council training sessions for municipalities and public water supply districts. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Public Drinking Water Branch, these sessions can range in length from two to six hours and will take place in your city or water district. Topics covered include board member roles and responsibilities, conducting effective meetings, sunshine law, conflict of interest laws, utility rates and finances, and others. Board members as well as management, office, and operations staff are welcome to attend.   

If you're interested in scheduling this training for your board or council, contact Liz Grove, MRWA management circuit rider, at 573-231-6797 or egrove@moruralwater.org

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Common Source Water Deficiencies
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Educate Decision Makers With Help from RCAP
Take advantage of increased public attention surrounding water and wastewater issues to give leaders the information they need to make more informed decisions about drinking water and wastewater operations, maintenance, and expansion. 

Tools for Transient Public Systems
There are more than 84,000 transient public water systems across the country. In this post, we share some resources tailored to help them overcome their unique challenges. 

Starting Off on the Right Foot: Basic Seasonal System Startup
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Collaboration Toolkit: Protecting Drinking Water Sources Through Agricultural Conservation Practices
Finding the right partners for voluntary, collaborative conservation practices is a progressive step for improved source water protection. And the Source Water Collaborative toolkit is the place to start. 

Free Webinar

Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) for Small Systems
Tuesday, June 28 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Hosted by U.S. EPA 

Cindy Mack (EPA's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water) will give a presentation on RTCR requirements applicable to small water systems serving less than or equal to 1,000 persons; and Mark Verbsky (Ohio EPA's Division of Drinking and Ground Waters) will give a presentation about RTCR implementation from Ohio EPA’s perspective. A certificate for one continuing education contact hour will be offered for this webinar. Please indicate in the registration question below if you are interested in receiving a certificate of attendance for the webinar. 

Click here for more information.
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Free Resource

A Utility Guide for Security Decision Making
Association of State Drinking Water Administrators
National Rural Water Association


This 2-page factsheet is designed to assist utilities in determining the level of security concern if a break-in or threat occurs at the water system and to assist the utility in appropriate decision making and response actions. 

Click here to view.
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You can find thousands of helpful resources in our database.
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Featured Video: Maintaining High Water Quality: Household Plumbing

With concerns about drinking water quality still high on many American's minds, now is a great time to raise awarness of the role homeowners play in maintaining safe drinking water. This video from the American Water Works Association is a great place to start. 

Click here to watch the video
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!

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It's #hurricane season! Are you prepared? Find out more at www.ready.gov/hurricanes.  

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

Reading Selections

Water Treatment Plant Workers Concerned Sludge is Causing Cancer
Workers at the drinking water treatment facility in Englewood, Colorado are concerned that so many of the staff have been diagnosed with cancer. 

How to Remove PFOA and PFOS
The Water Research Foundation has released the results of a study testing the most effective method for treating PFOA and PFOS in drinking water.
  • In related news, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services will offer blood testing to residents whose drinking water supply has been contaminated with perfluorochemicals.
Elementary School to Finally Have Drinking Water on Campus
After nearly two years of being on a contaminated well, one California school is moving to the city of Fresno's water system.

Confusion Surrounds Marengo Wastewater Treatment Plant Incident 
Poor communication after a piece of equipment fell into a basin at Marengo, Illinois' wastewater treatment plant has led to a draft resolution clarifying the chain-of-command structure for city employees.
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