Newsletter #180 for January 24, 2017
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Gases in Confined Spaces Overwhelm Utility Workers

Three workers in Key Largo, FL were killed Monday, January 16th while responding to complaints about a sewage backup. Noting that sections of a nearby roadway were not settling, a worker used a manhole to investigate. Methane and hydrogen sulfide generated by rotting vegetation in the drainage pipes caused the worker to collapse. His colleagues were killed trying to rescue him. The full story can be found here and we've also linked to some additional resources on confined space precautions below.

photo credit: Diversified Safety Services

Diverse Collaborative Seeks to Accelerate LSL Replacement

The Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative is a new effort comprised of public health, water utility, environmental, labor, consumer, housing, and governmental organizations whose goal is to facilitate the replacement of all lead service lines serving homes. The collaborative has produced a toolkit to aid communities in the lengthy process of replacing lead lines and is looking for communities to pilot to the toolkit and provide feedback on their experiences. More information on this collaborative can be found here.

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Featured Video: The EFC Water and Wastewater Dashboard
Created by Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina, this video series introduces a tool created to guide small utilities through the process of rate setting.

Laying the Foundation for a Successful Rate Approval Process
This blog post shares some ideas for beginning to build the framework for raising utility rates.

Tips to Help Utilities Get the Water Rates They Need
As a follow up the previous post, this entry provides communications strategies to get the customers on your side for a rate increase.

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Public Health Impacts of Nitrate and Other Drinking Water Contaminates: Implications for Source Water Protection
Wednesday, February 8 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern
National Water Quality Monitoring Council

This webinar will present Iowa-collected data on the risks of nitrate pollution and other emerging contaminates, like pharmaceutical compounds. 

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Free Resource

Permit-Required Confined Spaces
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

This handbook provides an overview of OSHA definitions, safety requirements, and training requirements for permit-required confined spaces.

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Featured Video: What Is Confined Space Entry?

A vintage offering from National Environmental Trainers covers the basics of assessing confined spaces for sufficient oxygen and developing a rescue plan for emergencies.
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Reading Selections

Is the Great California Drought Finally Ending?
Heavy precipitation in early January is finally putting a dent in the five-year long drought in the state, but it's still unclear whether it will be enough to finally end the drought.

Rauner Signs Lead-Testing Law for Schools, Day Care Centers
Illinois has passed legislation requiring all schools and day care facilities built before 2000 to test their drinking water for lead. Facilities will have to pay for their own one-time tests.

The Quality of the Nation's Groundwater: Progress on a National Survey
Midway through sampling American groundwater, the USGS releases some preliminary findings. To date, levels of contaminates appear low.

Communities Struggling to Keep Water, Sewer Rates Affordable
Communities of all sizes are having trouble making ends meet in Michigan, and raising rates is leading to angry residents.
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