Newsletter #182 for February 21, 2017
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Infrastructure Updates

Upgrading infrastructure is a hot topic in the news right now, especially paying for these updates. Here is a snapshot of discussions happening all over the country.

Plan to Tap Private Investors for Infrastructure Funds Worries Senators from Rural States

The new administration has placed great emphasis on updating infrastructure, but what works in cities may not work in rural areas. Federal lawmakers have expressed concerns about aspects of the president's ideas. The full story is here.

Alaska Ranks Worst in the Nation for Wastewater Systems, Report Card Shows

Updates on the American Society of Civil Engineers report cards of state infrastructure gave Alaska wastewater systems a failing grade. The state government is looking for ways to fund solutions to the problem. The whole story is here.

Posts from

New Rate Checkup Tool Online
From our friends at the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators comes a new tool to check in on healthy rates to keep your system running.

Featured Video: Lead and Copper Sampling
With all the attention that lead has drawn lately, here's a video explaining both the Lead and Copper Rule and how to test drinking water for lead contamination.

Featured Video: Water Quality in Storage Facilities
This video covers water degradation that can occur in storage facilities and what to do about it.

Job Opportunities in the RCAP Network

The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) national office is seeking an Engineering Services Specialist. The individual in this position wold have a major role in curriculum development for the network's training and technical assistance program. | Download position announcement.

Additionally, the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) is hiring for a variety of positions in multiple western states. | See listings.

Free Webinar

RCAC Google Mapping and CIP
Tuesday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific
Rural Community Assistance Corporation

This webinar will cover how to use Google Earth to map system assets for planning, management, and communicating with stakeholders.

Click here for more information.

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Free Resource

Water and Wastewater Finance
University of North Carolina Environmental Finance Center

This presentation outlines trends, strategies, and methods to infrastructure financing.

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Featured Video: Why is America's Water Infrastructure Failing?

This short video from Seeker Daily covers the ins and outs of why America's water infrastructure is falling apart.

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Reading Selections

San Joaquin Valley Continues to Sink Because of Groundwater Pumping, NASA Says
Irrigation and water demands in California are leading to extensive subsidence, sometimes as much as two feet in two years.

Drinking Water from an Abandoned Mine? Really.
A small community in West Virginia received its water from an abandoned mine, until the water system shut down without warning one day.

Bill Calls of Testing Every Maine School's Water for Lead
Because of its corrosive water, Maine law makers are calling for measures that will require every school to have its drinking water tested for lead.

A Shining Star of Dirty Deeds
A Washington wastewater treatment plant in Eatonville earned an award for perfectly complying with water quality standards. This is its tenth year receiving the award given out by the state Department of Ecology.
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