Newsletter #176 for November 16, 2016
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Still Time to Join the Celebration and Raise Awareness

November's only half through, which means there's still time to join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Homeland Security in celebrating Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month. The event raises awareness and fosters appreciation for the systems that support our daily lives, including drinking water and wastewater facilities.

Utilities can take part in a variety of ways, including:  Click here to learn more about Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month. 

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Creating O&M Manuals that Actually Get Used
RCAC specialist Angela Hengel walks through the development of individualized O&M manuals that provide not only written information, but detailed yet easy to follow video instructions on plant operations and maintenance in this guest post. 

Developing and Implementing Tools for Small Systems to Evaluate and Select Appropriate Treatment Technologies
This post is a project update originally shared in our Technology News newsletter. 

Common Distribution System Deficiencies
This article from Spigot News covers different aspects of the distribution system, including cross-connection, backflow, depressurization events, water age and infrastructure deterioration. 

Tribal Utility News Subscribers Give Us Insight into Tribal System Needs
Our Tribal Utility News subscriber survey gives insights into the unique challenges and needs facing tribal utilities.

Common Treatment Deficiencies
This article from Spigot News is the second installment in a series of articles to help small water systems identify the most common problems found during a sanitary survey or other investigatory site visit conducted by Ohio EPA staff. 

Free Webinar

Regulations Basics: Public Notification
Thursday, December 1 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific
Hosted by Rural Community Assistance Corporation

This workshop will provide an overview of federal and state customer communication requirements and provide tools and resources for developing and implementing a comprehensive public notification plan. 

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Free Resource

A Guide to Selecting Consultants for Rural Communities
Rural Community Assistance Corporation

This 67-page handbook outlines a step-by-step process for selecting and hiring consultants to plan, design, and manage construction of public water and wastewater facilities. It is intended for use by board members, city councilors, and other public officials tasked with selecting engineers, architects, land-use planners, environmental consultants, and others with specific expertise.

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Featured Video: Be aware, Be prepared, Protect Critical Water Infrastructure

This public service announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can be used by drinking water and wastewater utilities to educate the public on the importance of water infrastructure.

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Reading Selections

How Engineers Are Making Old Water Infrastructure Smart
This blog post discusses how electronic devices and smart systems connected to pipes and pump fixtures can help boost understanding of infrastructure needs. 

The Cost of Alternative Water Supply and Efficiency Options in California
A studied released by the Pacific Institute last month found that the cost of new supplies in California is highly varied. 

Helping Small Systems Take A Big Stand Against PFCs
This message from the Water Online editor offers a recap of a September webinar on treatment solutions for small systems hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Wastewater Treatment Plants: An Overlooked Source of Carbon Emissions
A new study suggests that the level of greenhouse gases emitted by wastewater treatment plants is higher than previously thought. 

Is There Finally Hope For Infrastructure Relief?
Although written before the election, this guest post provides a good summary of President-elect Trump's plans for infrastructure spending. 
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