CCRs: Getting them Ready, Getting them Out

March 9, 2012 |

Each year, there are big deadlines that must be met and often are dreaded because they involve some serious number crunching. For individuals, it’s income tax season. For county governments, it’s property tax billing and collection. For water systems, it’s…

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Benefits of Regionalization

March 9, 2012 |

Growing populations and a shrinking economy mean tough times for small water systems. In times like these, the best solution may be to band together. Regionalization Regionalization isn’t always the most desired solution, but it can be the best solution…

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Consumer Confidence Reports

February 21, 2012 |

The eBulletin is back! The eBulletin has returned! The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), through the Safe Drinking Water Trust, had brought you useful security- and management-related information for your drinking water or wastewater system every three weeks. In this…

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Anatomy of a Boil Order

February 6, 2012 |

It’s rare, but it happens to every system. A pipe fails. A spill occurs. A well breaks down. Something occurs that leads to potential water contamination and a need for a boil order. How long do you have to put…

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What Does It Take to Be an Operator?

February 3, 2012 |

Operators at drinking water and wastewater treatment plants provide one of the most valuable services to Americans. Operators work in vital jobs that we can't do without. They keep us supplied with a necessity of life 24 hours a day,…

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Natural Disaster Preparedness Guidelines for Water and Wastewater Utilities

January 17, 2012 |

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Security Division has developed a checklist to assist water and wastewater utilities in natural disaster readiness, with a focus on hurricane preparedness. Whether you live and work in a Hurricane Zone or along Tornado…

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Asset Life Expectancy Guide

January 9, 2012 |

Much of our nation's water infrastructure—the systems that treat, distribute, collect, and clean water—was built nearly a century ago for a much smaller population that now exists. It is aging and often overburdened. When you figure in that there are…

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Emergency-Preparedness & Security Checklist

January 9, 2012 |

Develop/Update your Emergency Response Plan (ERP) based on your source water assessment. Maintain “as-built” construction and distribution system drawings. Document inspections of critically vulnerable facilities. Post up-to-date 24-hour emergency numbers. Establish a communications plan with police. Lock, screen, fence, and…

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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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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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