Newsletter #31 for August 10, 2016
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U.S. EPA Video Training Program Focuses on Water Industry O&M on Tribal Lands

Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a series of video presentations on the operation, maintenance, and management of water and wastewater utilities serving Native American Tribes and Alaskan Native Villages. Each of the 10 videos provides information on a different element of O&M—everything from asset management to drinking water distribution systems, to lagoon system management. The videos are available on the U.S. EPA website or at the links below. 

Nominations for Tribal Operator of the Year Due August 31

To acknowledge and celebrate the efforts and hard work water/wastewater system operators in Indian Country, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona National Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Certification Program is accepting nominations for the 2016 Tribal Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year Award.

For more information and to submit a nomination form, click here

Events for Tribal Water Systems

Developing Effective Standard Operating Procedures for Water Distribution Systems
August 18-19 | Window Rock, Arizona

Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency 

The Public Water Systems Supervision Program will be sponsoring a 2-Day Class on Developing Effective Standard Operating Procedures for Water Distribution Systems in conjunction with KCM Consulting Services, LLC of Phoenix, AZ. The registration is FREE for Navajo Water Operators and has limited seating. This course will provide expertise and knowledge to aid in Developing an effective SOP’s for Water Distribution Systems. Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be issued.| Click here for more information.

Backflow Assembly Tester Training
August 29-September 2 | Portland, Oregon
Hosted by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona/Tribal Water Systems Program 

This course trains operators in the principles of backflow prevention, theory of cross-connection control, regulations, plumbing codes, inspector and tester responsibilities, as well as repair and testing of backflow assemblies. The BAT written and practical exam will follow the course. | Click here for more information.

Drought Preparedness
September 8 | San Luis Obispo, California
Hosted by the California Rural Water Association, Decentralized Water Resources Collaborative 

This no-cost workshop is targeted to small communities and rural, disadvantaged systems. It is beneficial for Water Operators and System Managers of Private, Public and Tribal Systems. Click here for more information.
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Featured Resource

Wastewater Technology Fact Sheet: Ozone Disinfection 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

This 7-page factsheet describes ozone disinfection for wastewater treatment. Provides information on technologies, advantages and disadvantages, design criteria, operation and maintenance, and costs.

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In the News

Tribes, Farmers Wary of Proposed Cuts in Water Deliveries from Lake Mead
Several Southwestern tribes that in the past agreed to give up historic rights to other water supplies in return for access to Lake Mead water are concerned about a proposed plan to cut water deliveries to prevent lake levels from falling lower. 

Tribal Official Not Guilty in Contaminated Water Case
A jury has found the former head of the Chippewa Cree Tribe’s water department not guilty of charges that he lied to federal authorities investigating a contaminated drinking water tank. 

Tribal Leaders Call on Next President for Native Policy 
Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Edward Manuel and many other tribal leaders are asking the next president to have a strong Native American presence in political discussions after years of decision on water shortages, mining projects, and allocation of resources made without sufficient tribal input. 

Let the Water Flow! Navajo in Utah Closer to Water Rights Settlement
The Navajo Nation, federal Bureau of Reclamation, and state of Utah have agreed to a settlement over water rights to the San Juan River in Utah. 

Letter: Native Americans Will Not Let Water Be Destroyed by Dakota Access Pipeline
In this letter to the editor, a young member of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation speaks out against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which crosses reservoirs that supply water to two tribal nations, and called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to listen to Native American communities concerned about water quality and preserving culturally significant areas.—formerly—is a free, grant-funded service to support small community water and wastewater operators with comprehensive resources and information in one easy-to-use place. We also serve the 800+ training, primacy, and technical service organizations, by helping operators get to their information. We aren't buying, selling, or advertising anything. You can call us at 1-866-522-2681 if you need assistance.

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