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UPCOMING WEBINARS FOR SMALL WATER SYSTEMS | May-June 2016

May 23, 2016

Water Loss Audits – You’ve Collected Your Data, How Do You Know If It’s Any Good?

June 1, 2016
Navigating Funding Options for Water Infrastructure

June 8, 2016
Where Am I Starting From? Understanding Your Water System’s Electric Bill + the new Energy Usage Baseline Tool


June 16, 2016
Successful Communication With Your Board

June 22, 2016
Completing an Energy Audit – What You Need to Do Your Own


Full webinar details listed below!
WEBINAR
Water Loss Audits – You’ve Collected Your Data, How Do You Know If It’s Any Good?
Monday, May 23, 2016
2-3pm EDT
(1-2pm CDT | 12-1pm MDT | 11am-12pm PDT)

Cost: FREE

 
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You understand the importance of completing a water audit and you’ve collected the necessary information to fill out AWWA’s spreadsheet. Now you need to validate that data with scores. How do you determine if your data is good, bad or in between? This webinar will help you understand the validation process used by AWWA and give you tools to simplify the process. Once you understand the scoring process and have validated your data your total score provides you with some information. How that score can guide your decision making in reducing water loss will also be explained.

Presenter:
Heather Himmelberger, Director - Southwest Environmental Finance Center

           

WEBINAR
Navigating Funding Options for Water Infrastructure
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
2-3pm EDT
(1-2pm CDT | 12-1pm MDT | 11am-12pm PDT)

Cost: FREE
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Many small drinking water systems across the country need to access financing in order to rehabilitate or expand their water infrastructure. There are a several programs established at the federal or state level to finance such projects. However, it can be difficult for a smaller community to wade through these options in order to determine which program(s) may be a good fit for the community’s needs. This webinar will introduce some of the more common financing programs. It will include a demonstration of where to access information on these programs online. There will also be a demonstration of two recent steps at the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program to streamline the application process for drinking water systems. These include the common template for the Preliminary Engineering Reports, as well as the new RDApply online application process.

Presenter:
Stacey Isaac Berahzer, Senior Project Director - Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


         

WEBINAR
Where Am I Starting From? Understanding Your Water System’s Electric Bill + the new Energy Usage Baseline Tool
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
2-3pm EDT
(1-2pm CDT | 12-1pm MDT | 11am-12pm PDT)

Cost: FREE

Please Note:
Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for viewing the webinar. This webinar has not been submitted to licensing agencies for preapproval of continuing education credits. If you need assistance in applying for credit to your licensing agency, please contact EducationServices@awwa.org.
 
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For many water systems, the electric (or energy) bill is one of the largest operating expenses regularly incurred by the water system. It is also one of the most controllable operating expenses a water system will have. In order to begin to save money from energy conservation measures, it is first necessary to know where you are starting from.

This webinar will help you:

  • Learn how to understand your electric bill(s) and their various components;
  • Compare different electricity rate schedules (if available from your electricity provider) as a means of looking for a more cost-saving, advantageous rate schedule (similar to shopping for the best cell phone plan you can find); and
  • Use the Environmental Finance Center’s new Energy Usage Baseline tool, an Excel-based tool to help you establish the baseline of electricity usage for your water system, and track the effectiveness of energy conservation measures across time that you adopt.

Presenter:
David Tucker, Project Director - Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

         

WEBINAR
Successful Communication With Your Board
Thursday, June 16, 2016
2-3pm EDT
(1-2pm CDT | 12-1pm MDT | 11am-12pm PDT)

Cost: FREE

Please Note:
Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for viewing the webinar. This webinar has not been submitted to licensing agencies for preapproval of continuing education credits. If you need assistance in applying for credit to your licensing agency, please contact EducationServices@awwa.org.
Register

Water system managers, directors, supervisors and operators may all have to report to a board of directors, commission or council frequently or on an occasional basis. This can be a nerve-wracking and uncertain experience for many people. This webinar will cover what needs to be covered in discussions with board members, what can (generally) be left out and how to present information and recommendations to ensure a continued safe supply of water for your utility.

Presenter:
Nick Willis, Program Manager - Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center

 

WEBINAR
Completing an Energy Audit – What You Need to Do Your Own
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
1:30-2:30pm EDT
(12:30-1:30pm CDT | 11:30am-12:30pm MDT | 10:30-11:30am PDT)

Cost: FREE
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If you are interested in completing your own energy audit, this webinar will provide you with the information you need to be successful. By completing an energy audit you will be able to see what the energy costs are to run each piece of equipment you use at your utility. This information can then be used to help determine if there are potential operational changes, size changes or other changes that could be made that would save the utility operations money that could be better used elsewhere.

Presenter:
Dawn Nall - Southwest Environmental Finance Center

   

Who Should Attend:
These webinars are designed for water systems serving 10,000 or fewer people. Owners of privately owned systems, consultants and technical assistance providers serving small water systems are also invited to participate.
Complimentary Workshops and Webinars:
Workshops and webinars provided through the Smart Management for Small Water Systems program are complimentary under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. EPA.  
Webinar Partners:

    

 
Contact:
Laura Flagg
lnflagg@syr.edu
About EFCN:
Smart Management for Small Water Systems is a program created by the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN), an organization creating innovative solutions to the how-to-pay question of environmental protection and improvement.


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Continuing Education Credits:
For questions about whether credit is available for a webinar: AWWA will request pre-approval from the state licensing agencies for webinars unless stated otherwise. AWWA recommends that you check with your licensing agency to learn about its criteria, rules, and what you need to do in order to receive credit for your attendance. It is your responsibility to verify this information with your licensing agency.   

If you require a continuing education certificate:

-Each viewer must register individually
-Group rosters will not be accepted

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