Newsletter #145 for July 31, 2015
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First Newsletter for the National Small Systems Centers

On September 9, 2014, the U.S. EPA announced that the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst were selected to lead two parallel research efforts to identify, develop, demonstrate and facilitate widespread acceptance of innovative technologies by small drinking water systems. The DeRISK and WINSSS centers are the two National Centers for Innovation in Small Drinking Water Systems.

The team from the University of Illinois behind recently released the first edition of a newsletter for these centers. Our goal is to connect state program staff, technical assistance providers, engineers in the private sector, and our fellow academics with plain-language information about the research activities at each center - and beyond. While we will focus on the efforts of the DeRISK and WINSSS teams, we specifically hope to highlight work being done across the country (and the world) by our broader community of colleagues. How to Subscribe: If you are interested in receiving this new monthly newsletter (in additional to the newsletter you are reading), click "update subscription preferences" at the bottom of this email. You will automatically receive an email containing instructions for adding "Technology News" to your profile.

Featured Video: Hydrant Inspection and Flushing

Our partners at the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) have released a new instructional video on hydrant inspection and flushing. 

"This video covers basic inspection and flushing of a fire hydrant. All fire hydrants in a water system need to be inspected on a regular basis. Inspection is needed to ensure a high degree of confidence that hydrants will perform properly in an emergency. A number of circumstances can affect a hydrant's performance, including vandalism, accidental damage, wear and tear, and mechanical malfunction. Hydrants may also be flushed periodically to improve water quality."

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USEPA Launches Mobile Website for Utilities Responding to Emergencies (VIDEO)
A new mobile-friendly website from the USEPA lets you respond to emergencies using your smartphone or other mobile device.

Non-Profit Offers GIS Assistance to Tribes offers networking and resources for tribal water utility staff.

EFC Financial Sustainability and Rates Dashboards (VIDEO)
The EFC Rates Dashboard provides utilities with a free tool to compare their current rate structure with other similar utilities. 

USEPA Helps Utilities Prepare for Climate Change
EPA program can help utilities adapt to a changing climate.

Environmental Resources for Local Communities
LGEAN offers utilities and local officials a place to begin their response to environmental management issues.

Free Webinar

Setting Water Rates with a Free Excel-based Model
Tuesday, August 11, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Hosted by the Environmental Finance Center Network

What should your water rates be to cover all of your expenses in the next few years? This webinar will help water systems answer this question by demonstrating the Water and Wastewater Rates Analysis Model, a free basic Excel-based tool developed for small water systems by the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Click here to register.
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Protect Your Groundwater Day is coming up September 8, 2015. #pygwd


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Reading Selections

On Parched Navajo Reservation, ‘Water Lady’ Brings Liquid Gold
This New York Times article highlights the 16,000+ households on the Navajo reservation that lack in-home access to drinking water. This is one of the highest concentrations of water-poor homes in the country.

Does Water Conservation Have To Be The Enemy Of Financial Stability?
In this National Geographic article, strategies and tools for more sustainable, predictive pricing for water systems are explored.

Inmates getting on-the-job-training in wastewater treatment
A collaboration in Washington between the state Departments of Corrections and Ecology gives prisoners education and purpose for a life beyond crime.

EPA Fails 6 Subjects
The agency's internal auditing office identifies six areas for continued improvement in an annual assessment designed to identify weaknesses.

5 Tips for a New Wastewater Operator From a Seasoned Veteran
An experienced operator shares what he would tell a newcomer, pointing out some sound advice for the next generation of wastewater plant employees. 

CE Corps Helps Small, Underserved Towns
Our friends at ASDWA republished an AWWA article on the Community Engineering Corps, which was created to help communities that are too poor or small to hire help.
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