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Calling all LinkedIn members—our Small Communities #TalkAboutWater group allows you to talk directly with fellow water operators, regulators, technical assistance providers, and other water industry professionals about issues specific to communities with fewer than 10,000 people. Ask a question, weigh in on a discussion, or simply follow the thread to stay up-to-date on industry news and available resources. 

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Educating the Public About Lead 

With concerns about the risks of lead in drinking water fresh on many people's minds, water utilities, city officials, and public health officers may be searching for ways to educate residents on the measures in place to protect public safety. The Minnesota Department of Health tackled this very problem in their latest edition of WaterLine, and the result serves as a good example for others interested in improving public communication. 

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Recently at WaterOperator.org

Free Board Training Offered for Missouri Utilities
Missouri Rural Water is offering free training for utility board and council members in 2016.

SRF Could Help Illinois Water Reuse Project 
This interview with an Illinois wastewater district director takes a behind-the-scenes look at a water reuse project years in the making. 

Operator Math Part 3: Continuous Education 
The third and final installment of our operator math series highlights videos, blog series, and more to help you test and strengthen your knowledge of commonly—and not so commonly—used formulas and functions.

Free Webinar

Paying for Capital Projects: Key Considerations 
Wednesday, February 24 at 10:00 am Pacific. 
Hosted by California Special Districts Association 

If your district is considering using debt to fund all or part of a mission-critical capital project, knowing how to prepare to incur long-term indebtedness is critical. Join consultants from the CSDA Finance Corporation to learn about financing strategies and how to achieve the best terms and interest rates for your district. 

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Free Resource

A Guide to Asset Management for Small Water Systems
National Environmental Services Center, West Virginia University 

This 30-page guide provides a brief overview of asset management for water systems and a list of resources for implementing an asset management program. It provides help such as where to find training opportunities and additional publications that may be helpful to operators. 

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Featured Video: Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) Welcome Video

This video provides an overview of U.S. EPA’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT). CREAT helps drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities assess the risks from potential impacts of climate change by allowing users to identify adaptation options to address impacts. The tool also provides a series of risk reduction and cost reports to allow you to evaluate various adaptation options.

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Got questions about what's in your drinking water? Annual Consumer Confidence Reports have the answers. www.epa.gov/ccr 

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Reading Selections

House Passes Bipartisan Legislation on Drinking Water Safety 
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 416-2 in favor of a bill that would strengthen public notification requirements related to lead levels in drinking water. 

New Water Monitors Mean More Access for Public 
Illinois State University has partnered with the City of Bloomington to install new water-monitoring stations and allow the public to instantly access information about the quality of water flowing into their drinking reservoirs. 

Cold Spring Moves Ahead on Loan for Drinking Water Well
The small town of Cold Spring, Minnesota is seeking help from the state and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund a new drinking water well and treatment plant. 

Joining the Fight Against 'Flushables' 

This editorial highlights public information campaigns and other efforts to curb the loss of millions of dollars in damages caused by the improper disposal of household products. 

Great Lakes States Will Need Almost $80 Billion for Wastewater Infrastructure 
Report reveals that it would take 160 years to meet the wastewater management needs of Great Lakes communities at current funding levels. 
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