Newsletter #165 for June 7, 2016
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Systems, states respond to new EPA health advisory

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Water quality concerns made national news yet again last month when U.S. EPA released a drinking water health advisory for PFOA and PFOS. Public water systems must now notify customers if the man-made chemicals exceed 70 parts per trillion—individually or combined. 

EPA has been investigating the exposure risk of perfluorinated compounds used in carpets, clothing, food packaging, and more for over a decade ago and has worked with companies to eliminate them from products and facility emissions. Despite this phase out, PFOA and PFOS persist in the environment thanks to the strength of the carbon-fluorine bond. 

In the days before the official announcement, Chemical & Engineering News took a comprehensive look at the history of these compounds in drinking water and the events that led to the advisory. The articles below also offer insight into how the new guidelines are affecting some communities and water systems. 

Kansas Health Experts Promote Value of Drinking Water

Oral Health Kansas is urging schools to be "Thirsty for Health." Their new initiative, funded by the Kansas Health Foundation, helps schools implement policies and education campaigns that increase access to and change student perceptions of drinking water. 

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Become a Rural Development Specialist in Illinois

The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies is seeking a Rural Development Specialist. Duties to include providing training and technical assistance to mutual water companies, non-profit organizations, and local governments to improve or develop water and wastewater systems and programs for rural communities in Illinois. 

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Tap into more than 300 lead and copper resources

Looking for support on issues related to lead and copper? The documents database includes 384—and counting—fact sheets, newsletter articles, manuals, and more from state and federal agencies and technical assistance providers. Simply select "Lead and Copper" in the Category menu to access them all. 

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Tools for Transient Public Systems
There are more than 84,000 transient public water systems across the country. In this post, we share some resources tailored to help them overcome their unique challenges. 

Starting Off on the Right Foot: Basic Seasonal System Startup
Here are some things to keep in mind when you're opening your small seasonal water system.

Collaboration Toolkit: Protecting Drinking Water Sources Through Agricultural Conservation Practices
Finding the right partners for voluntary, collaborative conservation practices is a progressive step for improved source water protection. And the Source Water Collaborative toolkit is the place to start. 

So You've Got a Website...Now What?
Launching a website is just the first step. The key is making sure people know it’s there. This post highlights some steps systems can take to boost web traffic without racking up too many hours. 

Financial Accounting for Small Systems
This guest post from 2012 is as helpful today as it was then. It offers tips to help system managers and board members form a strategy for improving their financial management. 

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Finance: Capital Planning and Budgeting for Small Water Systems (2015)
University of North Carolina Environmental Finance Center and North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

This 32-slide powerpoint on asset management addresses how to conduct an asset inventory and assessment, create a risk analysis chart, determine a timeline for rehabilitating or replacing assets, and develop a capital improvement plan. This presentation was given at a North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) regional training event on April 1, 2015. 

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Featured Video: Protecting Water

The recent PFOA and PFOS health advisory from EPA makes this a great time to educate rate payers about the process used to determine the risks of detected contaminants. This short, engaging Water Research Foundation video does just that. 

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Behold the Mold: Conditions at County Wastewater Plant Raise Safety Concerns
An administrative building at Hawaii County's wastewater treatment plant in Hilo was most vacated after mold was found behind the walls and ceiling. 

How to Pursue Your Next Capital Project
The World Research Foundation is set to release a request for proposal for the creation of a digital tool that provides utilities with guidance on the best project delivery methods for drinking water and wastewater capital improvement projects. 

New Mexico Pushes for Remedies in Wake of Mine Waste Spill
New Mexico's threat to sue U.S. EPA, Colorado, and two mining companies remains on the table. 

Report Slams Texas Utilities on Water Loss, Conservation 
A recent study conducted by several environmental groups suggests that water utilities in the Lone Star State need to do more to save water. 

It's Disturbingly Common for Americans to Go Days Without Safe Drinking Water
This Huffington Post feature story digs into the impacts of aging infrastructure on access to safe water and emphasizes the need for new investments. 
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