Newsletter #147 for September 10, 2015
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Imagine a Day Without Water

Communicating the need for system repairs and upgrades to your customers and other stakeholders can feel like an uphill battle—one made even more difficult by the invisibility of water infrastructure to the general public. But this October, water utility staff can take advantage of a national campaign to educate the public and the media on the importance of their systems and the need for investment. 

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2016 State of the Water Industry Survey

Water professionals are being asked to take part in a short survey designed to gauge industry perceptions and identify trends. The annual survey is conducted by the American Water Works Association and takes only 10-20 minutes to complete. Individual responses will be held strictly confidential. 

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WEFTEC 2015 Exhibition

You can now register online for access to the WEFTEC Exhibition at no charge. As an exhibition-only attendee, you gain access to the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world, featuring:
  • More than 1,000 exhibiting companies
  • 17 mobile sessions
  • Innovation Pavilion (including the Operator Ingenuity award)
  • Operations Challenge
  • Stormwater Pavilion
  • 30 technical sessions held on the exhibition floor
Click here to register

Recently on

How to Measure Chlorine Residual in your Distribution System
New skill-building video from RCAP offers visual instruction on measurement of chlorine residual for compliance and non-compliance purposes.

Bolster your emergency plans with a roundtable discussion
Know what to do if water service is disrupted. 

How to Inspect and Flush a Fire Hydrant (VIDEO)
New skill-building video from RCAP offers visual instruction on routine maintenance of hydrants.

USEPA Launches Mobile Website for Utilities Responding to Emergencies (VIDEO)
A new mobile-friendly website from the USEPA lets you respond to emergencies using your smartphone or other mobile device.

Free Webinar

Operator Basics: Pumps & Motors Efficiency
Wednesday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. Pacific
Hosted by Rural Community Assistance Corporation 

This workshop will help you understand and minimize inefficiency in your pumping systems and how to choose the right pump and motor for the job – one that will save money year after year. The recommended audience is system operators and managers.

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Free Resource

DBP Control in Small Water Systems
Penn State Harrisburg Environmental Training Center

This 2-page factsheet discusses Disinfection Byproduct Control in Small Water Systems. Sources of Disinfection Byproducts, Objectives of the Study, Health Effects, Control Technologies for Small Systems, and Drinking Water Standards are all subjects of this factsheet. 

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Featured Video: Valve Maintenance

The Rural Community Assistance Partnership  has released a new video with the dos and don'ts of exercising valves. These tips will help you extend the life of your valves and ensure that they operate correctly in emergencies like a water main break. 

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Share This

#WaterSmart pro tip: Sweep driveways, sidewalks, & steps rather than hosing them off. 


Share This offers useful of interesting information that can be shared with the public and other stakeholders.

Reading Selections

Waikiki Beaches Closed After Rain Triggers Sewage Spill
Heavy rains linked to Tropical Storm Kilo forced 500,000 gallons of wastewater to spew from manholes last month near Hawaii's world-famous tourist district, prompting officials to close most of the city's beaches. 

Legionella Tops the List of Causes of Waterborne Disease Outbreaks
This blog post from the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators presents the results of a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that implicates Legionella in 66 percent of drinking water-associated disease outbreaks in 2011-2012. 

Discussing Public-Private Partnerships: Is This the Future of Water Resources Management? 

In this editorial, American Water Resources Center President John Tracy shares his thoughts on the privatization of water supply and wastewater services. 

Los Angeles Looks to Stormwater to Secure Water Sustainability 
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has a plan to help individuals and communities adopt stormwater management practices that could triple the amount captured by the city to nearly 200,000 acre fee of water per year. That's equivalent to more than a third of the city's current annual water demand. 

DBPs Lead to Water 'State of Emergency' in Canada
After more than a year of being under a boil-water advisory, the Grassy Narrows First Nation declared a state of emergency over unsafe drinking water conditions and began delivering bottled water door-to-door.  
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