Newsletter #150 for October 20, 2015
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EPA Seeks Water Systems for Climate Resiliency Case Studies

U.S. EPA's Water Security Division is looking for 8-10 more water utilities to use the new version 3.0 Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) for conducting climate change risk assessments and identifying adaptation options starting this fall. To date, they have been working with approximately 23 water utilities across the US and hope to select these additional systems based on geographic, size, and climate challenge diversity.
EPA is seeking communities that are prepared to show a high level of commitment and engagement in the project for a period of up to three years. Full participation requires that communities continue the program upon completion of the initial assessment, including the identification of specific adaptation options to implement and a self-guided re-assessment using CREAT.
Please email both Steve Fries of EPA at and Catherine Foley of CSC at by October 27 if you are interested in participating.

California Takes on Mandatory Water System Consolidation

California water systems that have struggled to provide safe drinking water in the past are now being required to "consolidate with, or receive an extension of service from, another public water system" thanks to a bill signed into law in June. Under the new law, this shift can be either physical or managerial. 

A handful of preliminary notices for consolidation have already been issued by the State Water Resources Control Board. Recipients have up to six months from the date of the letter to comply with the new law. 

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Building Financial Capacity in Disadvantaged Communities

The newly-launched Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center is kicking off efforts to build financial capacity in disadvantaged communities to help them achieve clean and safe water goals. Water and wastewater systems in these small and medium communities will receive assistance on a range of pressing issues, including identifying infrastructure financing needs, finding ways to save money in operations and capital expenditures, and developing a successful funding application. 

Partner communities are still being selected. We will have more information as activities ramp up in the next year. 

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Free Webinar

Evolving Perspective of Nutrients – Pollutant to Resource
Thursday, November 5, 1:00 p.m. Eastern. 
Hosted by Water Environment Research Foundation and Water Environment Federation

This webcast will review the findings of the WERF nutrient recovery study. Specifically it will address factors influencing the adoption of nutrient recovery systems, provide guidance on the implementation of extractive nutrient recovery at WRRFs, and review experimental evaluation of emerging concepts. There will be 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) offered for this webcast. 

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Free Resource

Leak Detection and Water Loss Control
National Environmental Services Center

This four-page tech brief describes the methods used to detect, locate, and correct leaks. Sub-sections include causes of leaks, leak detection and repair strategy, coordinating leak detection and repair with other activities, and beyond leak detection and repair. 

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Featured Video: Freddy the Fish Teaches about Stormwater

Record flooding in South Carolina has focused new attention on the water quality threats posed by stormwater runoff and created an opportunity for utilities and others to educate the public on this critical issue. This video from the North Central Texas Council of Governments—complete with a nifty pollution prevention jingle—can help you reach some of your youngest consumers.  

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Editor's Note: Make sure you visit the blog next week for "Better ERPs Part 3".

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Startup Valor Water Turns On Silicon Valley Tech for Public Water Utilities 
One of the newest startups to graduate from the Y Combinator program, which jump-started companies like DropBox and Reddit, centers around a software-based tool that analyzes public water utility data to help identify leaks, broken meters, and other lost revenue. 

Town Increases Operational Efficiencies, Reduces Maintenance Issues With Retrofit Wastewater Pumping Station
Upgrades to the city's wastewater system have cut related energy use in Harleyville, South Carolina by 35 percent and saved $25,000 in annual maintenance and repair costs. 

Outlook Finds Technology Investments Key to Addressing Water Industry Issues
A survey of public and private water systems, industry investors and suppliers, and government regulators revealed overwhelming agreement that technology investments will play a key role in the competitiveness of the water industry in the next 10 years. 

Capturing El Nino for the Underground
This blog post from the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences explains why the "Godzilla" El Nino predicted for this winter won't do much to replenish California's depleted aquifers.   

Missoula Moves to Wrest Control of Privately Held Water System
Missoula, Montana's 31-year effort to gain control of its water system has landed them back in court after an allegation that the private equity firm Carlyle Group failed to keep its promise to sell the utility to the city. 

Training, Technical Assistance, and Funding Needed for Border Communities to Meet Basic Needs
An assessment of 2,177 underdeveloped border areas led by the Rural Community Assistance Partnership revealed that distance and poor groundwater quality are some of the biggest challenges faced by communities that remain disconnected from water and wastewater services. 

2015 WEFTEC Stormwater Congress Wrap-Up
Learn what was discussed at the third WEFTEC Stormwater Congress in Chicago last month during the Water Environmental Federation's 88th annual technical exhibition and conference.  
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