Newsletter #184 for March 10, 2017
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Flint Residents Will Resume Paying For Water

While Flint residents are still using bottled water and filters on their household taps, Michigan has issued an end to credits which have been paying for water bills. Residents are now responsible for their entire water bills and those with delinquent bills are not eligible for service line upgrades. The full story is available here.

State Pushes Forward  Flint Mayor's Water Crisis Plan

A plan outlining Flint's water treatment plant upgrades and efforts to establish Lake Huron as a drinking water source has moved forward through Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality to the U.S. EPA. The full story is available here.

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Featured Video: Lockout/Tagout
This video explains some best safety practices in ensuring that power is cut off to equipment that is being service or repaired.

Featured Video: Water Utility Response On-The-Go
Water Utility Response On-The-Go is a site, optimized for smart phone use, for water utility operators to help them manage emergencies and severe weather events. This video provides an introduction and instructions on how to use this tool.  

Featured Video: Lead and Copper Sampling
With all the attention that lead has drawn lately, here's a video explaining both the Lead and Copper Rule and how to test drinking water for lead contamination.

Job Opportunities in the RCAP Network

The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) national office is seeking an Engineering Services Specialist. The individual in this position wold have a major role in curriculum development for the network's training and technical assistance program. | Download position announcement.

Additionally, the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) is hiring for a variety of positions in multiple western states. | See listings.

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New Lead Regulations for Illinois Water Utilities (and Schools)
Monday, March 13 12:00pm Central
Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association

This webinar will cover new Illinois law governing testing of water for lead in schools as well as methods to regain public trust surrounding drinking water.

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Free Resource

Sampling Guidance for Unknown Contaminants in Drinking Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This document provides new guidance to first responders and drinking water utility operators on the collection, storage, and testing of potentially contaminated drinking water when the contaminant is unknown.

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Featured Video: Revised Total Coliform Rule Summary

After the Revised Total Coliform Rule was released by the U.S. EPA in 2016, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources created a video series of what changes under the new rules. This is the introduction video, and more are available on their website.

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Reading Selections

State to Provide Free Water Testing to Public Schools
Indiana is launching a voluntary program to provide free lead testing to any schools that want their drinking water tested. 

Bad Grades for School Water
Low levels of lead in drinking water in some schools has led Massachusetts lawmakers to propose bills requiring mandatory testing for schools and daycare centers in the state.

Municipal Wastewater Infrastructure Becomes Key Business Attraction Tool
Michigan wastewater treatment plants are a driving force in attracting new businesses to towns, especially plants with some extra capacity.

Cause of Mexican Sewage Fouling U.S. Beaches Under Investigation
Raw sewage spills in Mexico in February spread up the Pacific coast, causing beach closures in California. California mayors are claiming poorly executed sewer repairs caused the spill, while Mexican authorities point to torrential rains overwhelming treatment systems as the root cause.

Quonset Wastewater Treatment Facility Honored by EPA
A small wastewater treatment plant in Quonset, Rhode Island has received an award for the U.S. EPA in recognition of its excellent operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment facility.
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