Budget How-Tos

March 20, 2012 |

Tick, tock, tick, tock. The time is approaching to have those debits and credits in order, to know what will need repairs next year, what will need replacing and how you’re going to pay for all of it. It’s budget…

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Five Things You can do to Save on Energy in your Utility

March 19, 2012 |

by Scott A. Strahley, P.E., C.E.A. How can a drinking water or wastewater system in a rural community become more energy-efficient and, at the same time, reduce its operating budget? There are a few quick answers and easy targets in…

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Are Water Systems a Terrorist Target?

March 16, 2012 |

Originally published in On Tap magazine's Winter 2002 edition by Kathy Jesperson, On Tap Managing Editor Threats to drinking water supplies are not new. Almost every water supply system is at risk to natural hazards, such as floods, drought, earthquakes,…

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Brace the Pipes and Bring on the Cold!

March 14, 2012 |

Ready or not, it’s here. By now, many parts of the country have faced chilly, and even below freezing, temperatures. As typical with Fall weather, the days are warm enough that the quick overnight freeze isn’t a major problem. Yet.…

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Based on a True Story

March 9, 2012 |

Water and wastewater systems have it tough nowadays. With an aging infrastructure and an ailing economy, it’s not easy to keep a system in compliance or make costly improvements or expansions. Sometimes, a system needs a little help, or just…

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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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Building a Better Budget

March 7, 2012 |

Economic turbulence, new regulations, higher costs, Stimulus funding…it all makes for a heck of a budget nightmare. What will next year hold? Will you come out ahead, or will you need some help making it through? In this edition of…

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Ten Tips to Help Communities Hire an Engineer

February 22, 2012 |

This list was developed by Great Lakes RCAP. A couple of the points speak of the situation in Ohio, but the tips can be applied in other states as well. Know what your project is before you begin. Communities should…

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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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