Newsletter #185 for March 21, 2017
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U.S. Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Get Near Failing Grades

The national report card on infrastructure from the American Society of Civil Engineers is out, and the news is not good. Released every four years, the report analyzes the state of infrastructure in all 50 states, and American systems received a depressing D+ overall. An estimated $4.59 trillion is needed to bring systems from dams to drinking water up to adequate levels. Water Online's story is here and the full report can be accessed here.

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Featured Video: Coliform Sampling Best Practices
This video from RCAP explains the steps to taking an accurate coliform sample, including selecting a good sample site.

Featured Video: Community Onsite Options
Maintaining septic systems can be challenging, and sometimes a community-level strategy is needed to protect local water quality. This video explains onsite management systems, using a community leach-field.

Educate Decisions Makers With Help from RCAP
With all the discussion about infrastructure right now, here are some resources from RCAP to help your community understand what it is drinking water and wastewater operators actually do and why maintaining these water systems is worth the money.

Public Advisories: They're Not Just for Emergencies
Sometimes public notification systems are a great way to build good will and awareness of all drinking and wastewater systems accomplish. Here are some ideas of non-emergency uses.

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Analytical Methods Approved for Compliance Monitoring Under the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This 10-slide presentation outlines the methods for compliance monitoring under the LT2ESWTR and provides a link to the source of each method.
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Featured Video: American Cities Are Falling Apart

This video from Fusion uses the example of Los Angeles, CA to walk viewers through the infrastructure challenges facing the United States, from wastewater to traffic, and the ways technology can be used to bridge funding shortfalls.

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Kentucky Community Hopes Trump Infrastructure Plan Will Fix Water System
In Martin County, KY, years of coal and gas extraction have added a big burden of contaminants on local water systems, a burden that's expensive to remove. Residents are hoping national efforts to focus on infrastructure will bring them some much-needed financial support.

Ohio EPA Releases Lead Maps for 1,860 Water Systems
In compliance with U.S. EPA requirements, Ohio has identified all drinking water systems with lead or potential lead service lines. The maps are available online.

Michigan Governor Will Drop Lead Limit Below Federal Cap
Governor Snyder is proposing an "action limit" of 10 parts per billion of lead in drinking water in Michigan, a limit substantially lower than the federal limit of 15 ppb. As a response to the Flint drinking water crisis, Snyder is looking at a host of additional drinking water reform measures.

Louisiana Locals Sue Over Toxins in Drinking Water
Members of the community of Donaldsonville, LA are seeking a class action suit against their privately-owned water utility after records revealed that high levels of chlorine dioxide went unreported and uncorrected for six months before a state of emergency was declared.

Restof Man Recognized for Excellence in Wastewater Treatment Operations
The New York Water Environment Association has recognized the leadership of Steve Carroll in managing the wastewater treatment efforts of Restof, NY. Carroll credits his team of operators for the quality of water released by his plant.
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