Capital ideas

February 14, 2012 |

In the midst of the budgetary process, perhaps the biggest question is what to do about capital improvements – those big projects that are needed to repair or improve the system but are costly and can take a long time…

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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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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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