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Welcome to Whidbey Island Water Systems Association, a resource for all who drink water on Whidbey Island!

Our members are Municipal, Group A, and Group B water systems, private well owners, and the operators, engineers, and others who serve those water systems. 

Our quarterly member meeting are currently held via Zoom. The meeting invitation will be sent via our email list only. You must be a subscriber to the email list to receive the invitation email. Click here to subscribe!

Webinar: Water Recommendations for the Next Administration

       
Webinar: Water Recommendations for the Next Administration   America is at a crossroads. We can continue to overlook the nation’s water problems, even as scarcity, pollution, and climate changes increase risk, or we can take steps to make our water systems more effective, resilient, and equitable.   Join us on November 18th for a discussion of the Pacific Institute’s water recommendations for the next administration with Pacific Institute President Jason Morrison, President Emeritus Dr. Peter Gleick, and Director of Research Heather Cooley. The webinar will include an overview of America’s current water woes and practical solutions for the incoming administration, on issues ranging from aging infrastructure to inequitable water access and climate change’s effects on water resources.  
Wednesday November 18 I 1:00-2:00 PM PT  
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ISLAND COUNTY NATURAL RESOURCE VALUES SURVEY

Please consider taking a few minutes to complete this survey to gauge Island County residents’ values on natural resource issues, including drinking water.

Follow survey link:
https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4f9d43sfagJc2x

ISLAND COUNTY & OSU PROJECT
Focused on gauging Island County residents’ values regarding natural resource priorities, including drinking water, and shorelines. All Island County residents over 18 can participate. Your input will directly contribute to local planning and management. In English or Spanish. En Ingles o Español.

CONTACT
Dr. David Trimbach
Postdoc. Research Associate
Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife Oregon State University
david. trimbach@ oregonstate. edu
253 – 254 – 6398

Welcome to the WIWSA October Newsletter!

During these challenging times when we cannot meet in person, we plan to send a monthly newsletter to keep our members up to speed with water news. We’ll send this newsletter to our email list and post it on our website. We aim to provide an easy place to find all the month’s news and upcoming events.


News from Whidbey Island Water Systems Association

  • Our September Quarterly members meeting was held via zoom. Guest speaker Jeff Tasoff of Davido Consulting Group gave a talk on Small Water System Asset Management, focusing on the equipment inventory part that many small systems find challenging. Jeff’s talk was a great preparation for our forthcoming RCAC Asset Management workshop
  • Past president of WIWSA Jim Patton is stepping down from the board to focus on running his own water system. This leaves us with a vacancy on the board. Ideally we’d like to take this opportunity to boost the representation of Group B water systems in the association by having a Group B member system join the board. Please read the full announcement here.
  • Our next Quarterly Member Meeting will be December 10th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm via Zoom. Please save the date. We’ll post an agenda and send a reminder email closer to the meeting.

Upcoming Events

  • RCAC is holding a free workshop on Asset Management Planning and Resources on November 10th. Save the date, and look for an email with details and a registration link in the next few days.
  • AWWA-PNW is holding an online Emergency Preparedness Workshop in two sessions on October 28th and November 4th.
  • AWWA is offering free training on Optimization & Accessing Funding to Improve Small Systems on November 30th and December 1st, following conveniently our Asset Management Training

Further details of these events are on our website

Other News 

Asset Management for Small Water and Wastewater Systems

Asset Management Planning and Resources On-line

Who:                  Decision Makers, Managers and Operators
When:                Tuesday – November 10, 2020
Session 1:        10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Session 2:        1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Where:               On-line Training                            Go to Training (GTT)                 

  • Understand how Asset Management impacts your budget
  • Laptop exercises and free spreadsheets provided
  • Learn what funders need during your project
  • Network with and learn from other communities

Registration Information
Don’t Wait!! Space is limited!!
Register Online

Please register early as space is limited. Once we receive your registration, we will send you confirmation. If you need to cancel, please contact Heather so a space can be provided to someone else. Thank you!

Online Registration

Details to follow

Contact Information
Heather Cannon RCAC Cell: (360) 236-3116
Dan Bannier RCAC Cell: (509) 860-5846

The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment — air, water and land — upon which life depends.    RCAC provides technical assistance, training and financing so rural communities achieve their goals and visions.

AWWA-PNW Emergency Management Workshop

When

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM PDT
-to-
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 12:00 PM PST
Add to Calendar

Where

This is an online event.

Contact

Jeff Lundt
Washington WARN
2064775582
jeff.lundt@kingcounty.gov

2020 Emergency Preparedness Workshop – Online 

Part 1 Planning – Wednesday October 28th 

Part 2 Preparation, Training & Response – Wednesday November 4th

Both workshops start at 8:00 AM PDT and run till 11:45

These are independent sessions you can sign up for either or both and get 0.3 CEU credit

Water & Wastewater CEU Approved!

Two half-day presentations that provides a basic understanding of emergency preparedness, and the response of water and wastewater utilities in the event of emergencies and disasters.  Assessing risks, planning and preparedness will lead to utilities that function better in emergencies, work more efficiently to restore service to customers and are better able to maintain service and water quality.

Part 1 – Planning will include:

  • Water Utility Emergencies
  • Emergency Case Studies
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Risk & Resilience 
  • Water & Wastewater Agency Response Networks
  • Business & Operational Continuity

Part 2 – Preparation, Training & Response will include:

  • Incident command system
  • Public Outreach During Emergencies
  • Tabletop & Field Exercises, Other Training
  • Personal Preparedness
  • Facility Security
  • Cyber Security

Planned instructors include:

Tom Vane – Alderwood Water & Wastewater District

Sarah Lingley. – HDR Engineers

Seth McIntosh – City of Spokane

Jeff Lundt P.E. – King County WTD

0.3 CEUs Water & Wastewater CEU (pending) for each part

Cost for each session is $60 for AWWA & WEF members and $120 for non-members.  If you or your utility are AWWA, WEF or PNCWA members you qualify for member rates.  

Workshops run from 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM PDT each day.
Register Now!

Scholarships for small utilities and students – To encourage participation from small utilities (<500 connections) two scholarships for small system operators are available. To receive the small system scholarship, please register and pay the registration fee.  Indicate on the form the name of your utility and number of connections.  If your registration is one of the first two received, your registration fee will be refunded following completion of the workshop.  Receipt of your payment marks your spot in line for the limited number of scholarships.  First Come – First Served.

Cancellation Policy – If a registrant is unable to attend the workshop and a substitute within the organization can attend, please contact Jeff Lundt at jeff.lundt@kingcounty.gov to update the information.  If unable to attend or send a substitute contact the above at least one week before the workshop for a refund (minus a $10 processing fee).  Refunds after that time will not be given. 

If the workshop is cancelled due to lack of registration or another reason, full refunds will be given.

Please note that the on-line registration system requires a unique email address for each registrant.  If you do not have a work or home email call Jeff Lundt (206/477-5582) for a work-around.

Math for Operators Workshop – On-Line!

When
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM PDT
Add to Calendar     Where This is an online event.
A reminder to sign up for the  Math for Operators Workshop – On-Line  
This workshop will focus on critical math skills for water & wastewater operators,   
Review of baic math 
Operator aids
Tracking units
Problem solving
Speakers will be:
Sarah Lingley
Jeff Lundt
Please have a pen or pencil and paper along with a calculator, slide rule or abacus with you.  Practice will make perfect and we will be doing examples to hone skills with a variety of problems.  You will have a chance to compare your results to others and the speakers.   

Cost is $50 for AWWA, WEF or PNCWA members and $100 for non-members. .    
0.3 Water & Wastewater CEUs approved.  
Click on the link below to register or get additional information.
Get more information
Register Now!
I can’t make it
Small system scholarships available, See the web page.  Cancellation policy is also on the web page (follow the link below).   Looking forward to this being a good learning session.  

Sincerely,  
Jeff Lundt
Northwest Washington Subsection AWWA jeff.lundt@kingcounty.gov 206-477-5582