Newsletter #179 for January 10, 2017
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Public-Private Partnerships In Water Systems

In late December, the New York Times took a look at some cities leveraging public-private partnerships to manage their water systems. While the results have been mixed across the U.S., outcomes have spanned the gamut of greatly increased service rates to upgraded systems and improved debt ratings for cities. Read the whole article here

Presentations Available from 2016 Small Systems Workshop

Presentations and materials from the 13th Annual US EPA Drinking Water Workshop - Small Drinking Water Systems: Challenges and Solutions are now available online at the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators website.

Trustee Openings for AWWA Small Systems Division

The American Water Works Association is seeking member volunteers to fill 2 openings as trustees for its Small Systems Division. Trustees share their experience and can potentially impact how small systems information is shared through AWWA. It’s a great way to get more out of your membership, develop relationships with industry peers, and feel like you are making a difference for small systems.

More information on the Small Systems Division and its committees can be found here (login required). The deadline to apply with an AWWA volunteer application is January 31. Contact Linda Moody ( for more information.

Posts from

Featured Video: Direct and Conventional Filtration
This video provides a walk-through of a direct filtration plant and lots of details on each step of the process.

Operator Math Part 1: Practical Guidelines
This is the first in a three-part series dedicated to operator math. The tips below are adapted from information provided by the South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.

Operator Math Part 2: Online Tools and Apps
A handy list of all the online tools available for water system operators to run many of the calculations needed for daily operations.

Operator Math Part 3: Continuous Education
This blog post provides some additional resources in operator math and ideas for keeping those skills honed.

Free Webinar

Achieving Revenue Stability Through Your Water Rate Structure
Thursday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Environmental Finance Center Network

This webinar will explain how water demand changes affect revenues, and how water utilities can improve their revenue stability by modifying their rate structure design.

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Free Resource

Sidney's Big Books of Math
Indigo Water Group

This website provides instruction and practice on water, wastewater, collection, and distribution math and lots of sample problems.

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Featured Video: Intro to Velocity and HRT

This Indigo Water Group video is the first in a series covering the basics of calculating velocity and hydraulic retention time.

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Reading Selections

Vermont Sets A Permanent Drinking Water Standard For PFOA
As a response to elevated levels in areas of Vermont, the state legislature has established 20 parts per trillion as the allowable combined maximum of PFOA and PFOS in drinking water. EPA's health advisory level is 70 parts per trillion.

New Brunswick Police Are Investigating Water Utility
A New Jersey water system is under scrutiny for alleged long-term corruption, which was first uncovered when its operator was arrested in 2015 for falsifying reports.

The Great Lint Migration
Synthetic clothing fibers escaping washing machines are making it through wastewater treatment plants and polluting water bodies.

Sewer Commission Hears Updates on Wipes Lawsuit
A class action lawsuit against the makers of flushable wipes has generated a request to dismantle wastewater pumping systems to gather evidence, a request Minnesota treatment plant operators say cannot be undertaken in winter without damaging equipment.

Statewide Fee Hike for Drinking Water Begins in January
Louisiana is implementing an additional fee in water bills statewide to help pay for more water system inspections, hoping to head off drinking water crises.

Kansas Town Faces Big Bill to Clean Drinking Water
This blog post from Circle of Blue covers the costs a small town must pay to treat agricultural pollution in its water system.
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