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Newsletter #154 for December 17, 2015
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Public Radio Puts Spotlight on Water Pros

"The Source" is raising awareness about the role and importance of the water and wastewater industries. It's hosted by reporter Jennifer Pemberton, who comes from a family of utility company employees. Launched in 2015, this Utah Public Radio show highlights typical challenges faced by water and wastewater workers and discusses research on Utah's water resources. 

The hour-long program airs on the last Friday of every month at 10:00 a.m. Mountain. 

Click here to learn more and listen to past episodes

Registration Open for 2016 RCAC Drinking Water Workshops

California water operators can now register for classroom and online workshops slated for the first half of 2016. Hosted by the Rural Community Assistance Corporation, the workshops provide information to help small, rural water systems deliver safe, reliable drinking water and demonstrate how to properly manage a water system for long-term viability. 

Space is limited in some workshops, so be sure to register soon. 

Click here for more information and to register

SmallWaterSupply.org is rebranding!

Beginning with our first newsletter of 2016, SmallWaterSupply.org will be known as WaterOperator.org. In that issue we'll share our reasons for the change and what you can expect from us in 2016 (and beyond). Though we're still perfecting the new site, you can take a sneak peek when you click on the blog posts or event link below.

Recently on the Blog

Winterizing for Consumers and Small Systems
Tips for operators looking to prepare their systems for winter weather. 

Coliform Sampling Best Practices
Instructional video from RCAP on how to collect coliform samples.

Free Webinar

Tips for Assessing and Improving the Fiscal Health of Small Regulated Water Utilities in Arizona
Thursday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. Mountain
Hosted by the Environmental Finance Center Network

This free webinar will provide participants with guidance on implementing financial best practices involving preparing for rate cases, capital finance, and the formation of partnerships with other utilities all while taking into consideration AZCC rules and requirements. The webinar will include brief presentations from AZCC staff and Environmental Finance Center Network staff on current rules and best practice examples. 

Click here for more information.
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Free Resource

Becoming the Utility of the Future: Applied Research to Help Shift the Paradigm
Central States Water Environment Association

This 38-slide presentation discusses the future of utilities in which they will recover valuable resources while maintaining water quality standards. In the N-E-W paradigm, resource recovery facilities will achieve Nutrient recovery, Energy independence, and Water reuse. 

Click here to download.
Have a different question?
You can find thousands of helpful resources in our database.
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Featured Video: Redding Wastewater

This video from the City of Redding Public Works Department uses engaging interviews and stunning graphics to explain what residents can do to prevent clogs in the sewer system. The nine-minute video also explains how storm drain and sanitary sewers differ and walks viewers through the wastewater treatment process. 

Click here to watch.
Have a great video? We're dedicated to bringing you helpful, entertaining, or inspiring videos to you. If your organization has a relevant video to share, let us know!

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Start 2016 with a resolution to conserve water. Find out how at wateruseitwisely.com. #newyearsresolution

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Reading Selections

EPA Awards Water Research Foundation $1 Million Grant
The Water Research Foundation has been awarded $1 million to create water quality strategies for drinking water treatment during droughts or other natural hazards. 

Fresno County Board of Supervisors Take First Step Toward Developing Interim Groundwater Ordinance
This blog post discusses a recent vote by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors to apply for state funding to develop a groundwater ordinance. 

Sewer Mining: An Unconventional Solution to Water Scarcity
This editorial highlights case studies for sewer mining, a practice that takes municipal wastewater from a trunk sewer and treats it on-site to accommodate local, non-potable water needs.

Changing the Water Distribution Model
Through the Small Business Innovation Research Program, U.S. EPA is helping develop new technologies that could change the water distribution model to put less stress on freshwater resources. 

Clinton-Based Water Company Offers Consumers Incentives to Reduce Consumption
Connecticut Water Company customers who reduce their water consumption by 10 percent over last year will receive a one-time $30 bill credit under the company's new pilot incentive program. 

Greentown to Bid Out Sale of Water Utility
The small town of Greentown, Indiana has backed out of an agreement with Indiana American Water to conduct an assessment of the town's water and sewage utilities, opting instead to seek bids to potentially sell the utilities on the open market. 
 
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About SmallWaterSupply.org

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