10 Ways to Prepare for a Drought-Related Water Shortage

January 9, 2012 |

1. Develop a water-shortage response plan with detailed actions for water conservation and, in extreme situations, water curtailment. Drought is another form of drinking water emergency, one you can plan and prepare for. 2. Designate a water-shortage or emergency-response coordinator…

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Affordability and Capacity Issues of Small Water and Wastewater Systems: A Case for Regionalization of Small Systems

January 6, 2012 |

There is widespread agreement that water and wastewater services are vital to the sustainability of a community, but small rural towns face considerable and persistent challenges in developing and maintaining them. Small water and sewer systems face mounting pressures and increasingly difficult decisions. They must…

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Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS)

January 5, 2012 |

CUPSS is a free, easy-to-use, asset-management tool for small drinking water and wastewater utilities. CUPSS provides a simple, comprehensive approach based on EPA's highly successful Simple Tools for Effective Performance (STEP) Guide series. Use CUPSS to help you develop: A…

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Asset Management: A Handbook for Small Water Systems

December 14, 2011 |

One of the Simple Tools for Effective Performance (STEP) Guide Series Designed for owners and operators of small community water systems (CWSs). CWSs include all systems (both publicly and privately owned) with at least 25 year-round residential customers or 15…

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ARRA Registering and Reporting Guide for Water

December 13, 2011 |

ARRA Registering and Reporting Guide for Water/Wastewater Systems with Loans/Grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Utilities Service Walks communities that received loans of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds through USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) (for water and…

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Sustainable Infrastructure for Small System Public Services: A Planning and Resource Guide

December 13, 2011 |

Rather than presenting theories, this guidebook provides information, worksheets, examples, case studies and resources on water conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy resources for small utilities. This planning and resources guide includes a step-by-step process for utility decision makers, staff…

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