Budget Worksheet for Water Systems

January 9, 2012 |

A worksheet in Microsoft Excel format that provides a general overview of the annual budget. Calculations are performed automatically within the Excel program.

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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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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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USDA Rural Utilities Service Borrower’s Guide: A How-to for Water and Wastewater Loans from USDA Rural Development

December 13, 2011 |

Important notice that pertains to Section 2 of this guide (namely CCR registration for borrowers)>CCR is Going Away -- What to Expect (UPDATE) At the end of July 2012, the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system is going away. CCR, along…

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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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Getting Your Project to Flow Smoothly: A Guide to Developing Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

December 13, 2011 |

A comprehensive guide on all the steps a project owner (governing body of a utility) should go through in planning, designing and constructing infrastructure. A very detailed how-to on all phases of the process. Includes many pitfalls to avoid. Discusses…

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A Drop of Knowledge: The Non-Operator’s Guide to Wastewater Systems

December 12, 2011 |

Explains in simple, everyday language the various components/operations of a small wastewater system from when the customer flushes his/her toilet through collection, treatment, and return to source. This guide and its companion on drinking water treatment systems are the perfect…

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A Drop of Knowledge: The Non-Operator’s Guide to Drinking Water Systems

December 12, 2011 |

Explains in simple, everyday language the technical aspects of drinking water utilities from source to tap. Describes the various components and operations involved in small drinking water systems, including source, treatment and system of distribution to the customer’s home. This…

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