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Newsletter #139 for February 5, 2015
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Celebrity Chef Endorses RCAC #Agua4All Campaign

When you ask an average member of the public where who lacks access to safe water, they will mostly like mention a country in the developing world. While we cannot discount those challenges, as you very well know there are also access issues right here in the United States and on tribal lands within our borders. 

That's why it's pretty darn huge that a celebrity has endorsed a crowd-funding campaign for safe drinking water projects in California. Last year we announced that RCAC was co-leading an Indiegogo project to supplement the infrastructure in the Coachella Valley with water bottle filling stations. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, an active advocate for children's health, recently headlined a press conference for the second phase of this campaign.

While it would be great if issues could get attention on their own merit, the platform of celebrity can be key to raising a campaign's profile. The charity:water organization, which is active internationally, has used celebrity endorsement to raise more than $100 million in the past 8 years.

Click here to watch the video of Jamie and read more about the #Agua4All campaign.

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Operators: Fun Opportunity to Contribute to the Profession

ABC’s Certification Commission for Environmental Professionals (C2EP) is currently conducting an international operator job analysis. The responses to these job analysis surveys are used to build updated Need-to-Know Criteria, new standardized examination forms, and other important operator certification resources. For this research to be successful, we need to recruit as many operators as possible to complete these surveys.

You should considering participating in this study because: 
• it’s an opportunity to play a role in building certification exams; 
• it will ensure your region’s practices are incorporated into the process; and 
• operators who complete a survey will be eligible to win some great prizes!

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Free Webinar

Creating Your Water Utility Roadmap
February 23, 2015 at 1pm EST
Hosted by USEPA

EPA has just released Moving Toward Sustainability: Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Own Water Utility Roadmap. This webinar series will highlight the efforts of leading utilities as they implement practices consistent with the "Roadmap" document

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Free Resource

Guidelines for Long Range Plans
Arkansas Department of Health

This brief document provides an overview of the type of information that should be found in a long range plan. Use it as a checklist to evaluate your current plan or to create a long range plan for the first time.

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Featured Video: Depleting the Water

Late last year 60 Minutes featured a segment on groundwater. There's a vibrant discussion below the video as well. Click here to watch.
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A non-transient, non-community water system (NTNCWS) is a public water system that regularly supplies water to at least 25 of the same people at least six months per year, but not year-round. Some examples are schools, factories, office buildings, and hospitals which have their own water systems.

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Reading Selections

EPA Launches Finance Center to Improve Community Water Infrastructure
The center is part of an initiative o increase infrastructure investment and promote economic growth by creating opportunities for state and local governments and the private sector to collaborate.

Federal Agencies Call Virginia Water Quality Trading Program A National Model
The cost-effective trading program has saved Virginia more than $1 million, demonstrating an innovative means of meeting Clean Water Act stormwater requirements

Community-driven Revitalization: Tying it Together in Freeport, Illinois
In 2013 community members began to tackle frequent flooding that not only damaged homes but impacted the community’s economic vitality.

Traces of Montana Oil Spill Are Found in Drinking Water
Federal officials have said short-term exposure to the water was not dangerous. But residents near the spill found the water undrinkable.

City of San Diego Wins 2015 US Water Prize for Potable Reuse Project (PDF)
The Project was developed to evaluate the technical, regulatory, and economic feasibility of using advanced treatment technologies to recycle wastewater.

Augusta-owned water treatment plant could get new life
The mothballed Carleton Pond plant could become a training center for the Maine Rural Water Association, the only one of its kind in the country.
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