Newsletter #170 for August 16, 2016
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Residents Support Public Oversight of Water Supply

Despite issues in Flint and across the country, residents of northern Wisconsin say they support public oversight of drinking water resources.

In a poll conducted by the Center for Rural Communities at Northland College, about 84 percent of those surveyed said the public sector should be responsible for guaranteeing access to safe drinking water. And roughly 90 percent said that same group should notify people of any changes to water quality or water treatment. The survey was conducted after lawmakers considered, but failed to pass, a bill that would ease the process of privatizing municipal water utilities. 

These results were announced just weeks before an annual report by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced that 96 percent of the state's more than 11,000 water systems met all health-based standards in 2015. 

Click here to learn more about the survey and it's findings. For more information on the Wisconsin DNR report, click here

Rural Water Looks at a Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider

In the latest edition of Rural Water, the National Rural Water Association talks with circuit rider Tony Wyatt to learn more about the job and how water systems can improve operations. Wyatt, who works for the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts, also shares advice in the interview for younger generations interested in careers in the water industry. 

Click here to read the full interview. 

ECOS Releases "Priority Issues for a Time of Political Transition"

This month, the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) released "Priority Areas for a Time of Political Transition." This 11-page paper is intended to inform federal leadership during periods of political transition and help keep state environmental agencies relevant and engaged as we enter the peak of the election season.

Click here to download the paper. 

Position Opening: Director of the Wichita State EFC

"Wichita State University is seeking a highly qualified person to serve as Director of the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs. This is a unique opportunity to lead one of 10 university-based centers across the country that provide communities with professional training, technical assistance and project research to assist with environmental management and finance decisions."

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Common Distribution System Deficiencies
This article from Spigot News covers different aspects of the distribution system, including cross-connection, backflow, depressurization events, water age and infrastructure deterioration. 

Tribal Utility News Subscribers Give Us Insight into Tribal System Needs
Our Tribal Utility News subscriber survey gives insights into the unique challenges and needs facing tribal utilities.

Common Treatment Deficiencies
This article from Spigot News is the second installment in a series of articles to help small water systems identify the most common problems found during a sanitary survey or other investigatory site visit conducted by Ohio EPA staff. 

Developing a Better Understanding of Drinking Water Technology Approval: WINSSS Center Project B1
When EPA in 2014 chose to fund the National Centers for Innovation in Small Drinking Water Systems, their vision for the Centers was much more than developing new drinking water technologies. This post walks through the non-treatment pieces of the vision. 

Common Source Water Deficiencies
This Spigot News article covers the Ohio EPA sanitary survey or other investigatory site visits conducted at the water source and concentrates on the most common deficiencies found during the visit of small public water systems. 

Free Webinar

Removal of Multiple Contaminants: Biological Treatment and Combined Ion Exchange
Tuesday, August 30 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

This webinar is part of a monthly series hosted by EPA's Office of Research and Development and Office of Water. Attendees have the option of receiving a certificate for one continuing education contact hour for each webinar. (Acceptance of certificate is contingent on state and/or organization requirements. EPA cannot guarantee acceptance.)

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Free Resource

Flood Perparation Guidance for Drinking Water Systems
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

This 3-page guidance document provides a list of suggestions for being prepared for a flood event. It stresses security and infrastructure enhancements to secure your facility prior to a flood. 

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Featured Video: Wastewater Treatment PSA

This 5-minute video originally released in 2009 is a fun way to explain the wastewater treatment process to the public and inform them on what they can do to help the process and protect waterways. 

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Reading Selections

EPA Considering Change in Chloramine Rules
Amid intense debate over the safety of chloramine, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering changes to the regulations for this common treatment chemical. 

Montague Wastewater Treatment Plant Bacteria Eat Waste, Save Money
The small town of Montague, Massachusetts is training its treatment-plant bacteria to feed on sewage and residue sludge, and the results have been so successful that 26 wastewater treatment plants in the county were until recently sending their own sludge to the little plant. 

EPA and USDA Pledge Actions to Support America's Growing Water Quality Trading Markets
This U.S. EPA blog post discusses the agency's support for market-based programs to more rapidly advance water quality improvements. 

What are PFASs, the Toxic Chemicals Being Found in Drinking Water?
New research from Harvard University indicates that more than 16 million Americans drink water contaminated by PFASs common in fire retardants, oil and water repellents, furniture, non-stick cookware, and more. 

Flooding Causes Problem at Solon Wastewater Treatment Plant
In a live interview with KCRG TV9, Solon, Iowa's public works director asked residents of the small community to limit water usage after creek flooding caused the treatment plant to lose power. 
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