Newsletter #160 for March 15, 2016
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Got Rate Questions? Ask an Expert 

The Environmental Finance Center at University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill is hosting an "Ask the Expert" discussion on March 22. The online event will provide public water systems with a unique opportunity to ask any and all questions regarding rate setting and fiscal planning. The conversation will kick off at 1:00 p.m. and scheduled to run for an hour. 

Click here to register for this free event. And for more tips on setting the right rate structure for your system, be sure to check out the two-part series on the blog

Washington State Makes It Easier To Get a Loan After an Emergnecy

New changes to Washington's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan program will help expedite loan approvals for public water systems that have experienced an emergency event. The rule goes into effect April 1, 2016. 

Click here to view the final rule language. For questions, contact Janet Cherry at or 360-236-3153. 

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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. 

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! 

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. 

Free Webinar

Cross Connection Control
Wednesday, March 30 at 10:00 am Pacific
Hosted by the Rural Community Assistance Corporation

This workshop will give you the information and resources on how to develop a cross connection program that fits your small water system. You will learn how to identify potential cross connections, what backflow prevention devices to use, state requirements regarding cross connection control, and how to develop a successful program.

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Water Utility Public Awareness Kit
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

Drinking water and wastewater utilities can use the Water Utility Public Awareness Kit to inform customers and community about the value of water services, using several effective communication methods. The kit includes an infographic poster, mailers, video, and print and web public service announcements. Some of these materials can be easily personalized with your own utility logo.

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Featured Video: Fix a Leak with WaterSense

Every March, the EPA’s WaterSense program encourages Americans to check their household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks that can waste more than 1 trillion gallons each year. Use this video and other WaterSense resources during Fix a Leak Week March 14-20 to raise awareness in your community about the costs of and simple solutions to household leaks. 

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Reading Selections

AP Poll: Americans Divided on Safety of US Drinking Water
In the wake of issue in Flint, only about half of Americans say they are confident in the safety of tap water. That number is even lower among minorities and people with lower incomes. 

Clinton, Sanders Weigh In on Water Infrastructure and Flint 
While on the campaign trial in Michigan, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders talked about the role they think regulators should play in the daily work of treatment plant operators. 

Groups Ask EPA to Step Up Efforts to Protect Drinking Water
Environmental groups are unhappy with U.S. EPA's response to drinking water wells they say have been polluted by heavy manure spreading. 

Attorney General Files Charges Against Water Treatment Plant Manager at North Bend Fire Academy
A company contracted to operate the Washington State Fire Training Academy's wastewater treatment plant is facing seven misdemeanor and felony charges for falsifying data and violating the state's Reclaimed Water Use Act. 

Failure at the Faucet: As Wells Go Deeper, Radium Levels Rise in Wisconsin Tap Water
This investigative report looks at the causes and impacts of high radium levels in Wisconsin wells. 
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