Newsletter #149 for October 6, 2015
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New RTCR Guide for Small Systems

Photo credit: David Black and his students at the Walden School of Liberal Arts
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a new guide to help systems serving 1,000 people or fewer comply with the Revised Total Coliform Rule. The four-part document can serve as both a quick reference an in-depth guide for the requirements set to take effect April 1, 2016. The Revised Total Coliform Rule: A Guide for Small Public Water Systems also includes a checklist to help systems determine their compliance with the rule and appendices with information on routine monitoring frequencies. 

Click here to download the full guide (Thanks to ASDWA for hosting the file!)

Napping Homeowner Catches Water Working Breaking In

A Pennsylvania American Water employee will be charged with burglary after he was caught breaking into the home of 51-year-old Leonard Kalinoski in Scranton, PA. 

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2016 Esri Water Conference

Registration is now open for the second annual Esri Water Conference. Held February 9-11, 2016 in Austin, TX, technical sessions and hand-on learning opportunities will address pressing issues like emergency response, sustainable operations, capital-improvement planning, and customer transparency. 

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What utilities and regulators need to know about direct potable reuse
A landmark report provides guidance on the key components of a DPR program and helps decision makers understand the role DPR can play in their communities. 

Tips to help utilities get the water rates they need 
Learn how to build a successful rate communication strategy. 
Coliform Sampling Best Practices (VIDEO)
RCAP video shows steps for conducting proper coliform sampling and discusses how to find a good sampling site. 
Laying the foundation for a successful rate approval process
Tips for building public support for your small water system.

Free Webinar

Regulations Basics: Surface Water Treatment
Wednesday, October 28, 10:00 a.m. Pacific
Hosted by Rural Community Assistance Corporation 

This workshop is designed to help you understand surface water treatment and monitoring regulations by reviewing the basis for current and future regulations. Participants will learn the Surface Water Treatment Rule; Long-Term 1 and Long-Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rules; existing and future water quality monitoring requirements; basic treatment methods and technologies; and regulatory reporting requirements.

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Free Resource

3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools: Revised Technical Gudiance
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This 104-page document provides an overview of the steps school officials should take to implement programs and policies to reduce children's exposure to lead in drinking water in schools. This serves as a companion document to the revised technical guidance. The steps that are recommended are only suggestions and not requirements. However, this manual contains an overview of the requirements concerning lead in drinking water as well. 

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Featured Video: Water Utility Climate Adaptation Planning

This video highlights the City of Fredericktown's efforts to reduce their vulnerability to climate change, particularly drought and its effects on their source water. City officials used U.S. EPA's Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) to help identify and evaluate the potential impacts of climate change on their utility and develop adaptive management strategies. 

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Reading Selections

Mars H2O: How Scientists Discovered Salty Water on the Red Planet
The streaks scouring the planet's hills were first spotted in 2011, but it was their chemical signature that helped scientists discover that briny water flows on Mars. 

Will NEWT Change Water Treatment As We Know It? 
The National Science Foundation has awarded $18.5 million to the development of a small, mobile treatment system that could be used to deliver water to those beyond the reach of municipal networks. 

Utilities Missing Opportunity to Raise Revenue, Study Shows
A new report from Western Resource Advocates, Ceres, and the University of North Carolina's Environmental Finance Center suggests that most communities could increase revenue and encourage water efficiency by implementing water connection charges. 

High Lead Levels in Michigan Kids After City Switches Water Source
This NPR story details how a spike in the percentage of children with elevated lead levels in Flint, Michigan may be connected to the city's decision to pump water from the Flint River. 

EPA Finalizes Rule to Modernize Clean Water Act Reporting
Beginning later this year, regulated entities and state and federal regulators will be required to electronically report data required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. The transition from paper reports is expected to save roughly $23 million a year once fully implemented. 
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