Newsletter #144 for June 18, 2015
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America's Best Tasting Tap Water is from a Small System

The Big Sky County Water & Sewer District, a small community water system in Montana, has won AWWA's annual tap water taste test. The 11th annual competition was held in Anaheim, California during the association's annual conference.

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Sustainable Utility Management Practices
June 25, 2015 at 1pm Eastern
Hosted by USEPA

This webinar will be focused on public support of infrastructure projects. One of the most pressing challenges facing today’s utility leaders is building and maintaining understanding and support from ratepayers and the public at large. Two utility leaders representing both large and small communities will discuss innovative programs they are using to work with their communities and build support for the value of water infrastructure services, both environmentally and economically.

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New Study: 1/3 of World's Aquifers are Under Stress

UC Irvine / NASA
"New data from NASA's GRACE satellites show that many of the world's biggest aquifers are being sucked dry at a rate far greater than they are being replenished. Although scientists don't know how much water is left, they hope their findings will serve as a "red flag" for regions that may be overusing water."

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Water-saving tip #181 from @WUIW: Give your landscape proper amounts of irrigation water, determine water needs, water deeply but infrequently, and adjust to the season.

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Reading Selections

May was wettest on record, despite drought in West
The 4.36 inches of precipitation was 1.45 inches above average and the most in May in the 121 years of record keeping, according to the monthly summary from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Water main break, flooding cut off small Colorado town from water
The swollen South Platte River has been rushing over a major road into town for weeks, then the town suffered a water main break nine days ago.

Utilities look to turn their water pipes into hydropower
"Small hydropower" captures electricity by using water that flows through a pipe to turn micro turbines in the lines, or by harvesting energy from stream flows in irrigation canals and streams.

Picking The Perfect Pump
When choosing the correct equipment for a pumping application, the choice can often be reduced to a handful of simple steps which can help eliminate stress and confusion often involved with the equipment purchasing process.

Water Pricing Story Makes Headlines
Circle of Blue's story on the price of water received more clicks than any other story on their website website, and the pricing data have been cited broadly — by graduate students and trade groups, as well as the magazine Popular Mechanics.

The Facts About the Clean Water Rule and Agriculture
EPA official provides plain-language explanation of "Waters of the US" rule in order to address land owners concerns.

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USEPA Helps Utilities Prepare for Climate Change
Program can help small water utilities adapt to a changing climate.

Environmental Resources for Local Communities
LGEAN offers utilities and local officials a place to begin their response to environmental management issues.
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