Emergency Preparedness Workshop – Online – November 2021

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 7:30 AM to 3:45 PM PST
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This program is designed to provide a basic understanding of emergency preparedness and the response of water utilities in the event of an emergency or disaster.  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 water quality.  

Topics will include:

  • Water Utility Emergencies
  • Emergency Case Studies
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Risk & Resilience
  • Incident Command System
  • Public Outreach During Emergencies
  • Business & Operational Continuity
  • Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARNs)
  • Tabletop & Field Exercises, and Other Training
  • Personal Preparedness
  • Facility Physical Security
  • Cyber Security

Instructors will be:

  • Sarah Lingley, HRD Engineers
  • Jeff Lundt, KCWTD
  • Draft choices to be named later:)

0.7 CEUs Approved Water & Wastewater!  in WA & ID – OR pending

Cost is $140 for AWWA, WEF, or PNCWA members and $180 for non-members.  

Registration will close on Friday November 5th.  Click on the link below to register or for more information.

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Small system and student scholarships are available.  For details please see the web page in the link shown above.  Our cancellation policy is also on the workshop web page.  If you have any questions, please contact us at the email or phone below.    Thank you for your time and attention and we look forward to seeing you at the Emergency Preparedness Workshop.    Sincerely,    Jeff Lundt Washington WARN jeff.lundt@kingcounty.gov 2064775582

PFAS Strategic Roadmap: EPA’s Commitments to Action 2021-2024

PFAS Strategic Roadmap: EPA’s Commitments to Action 2021-2024 | US EPA

On October 18, 2021, EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the agency’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap—laying out a whole-of-agency approach to addressing PFAS.

The roadmap sets timelines by which EPA plans to take specific actions and commits to bolder new policies to safeguard public health, protect the environment, and hold polluters accountable. The actions described in the PFAS Roadmap each represent important and meaningful steps to safeguard communities from PFAS contamination. Cumulatively, these actions will build upon one another and lead to more enduring and protective solutions.

Read an overview of the PFAS Strategic Roadmap and learn more about key actions here, or read the complete PFAS Strategic Roadmap (pdf) .

Drinking water actions are listed here.

Imagine a day without water

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Washington State
Department of Health

Office of Drinking Water

Hello Drinking Water Partners:

We all know that water is essential, reliable, and invaluable. Without water our communities would not thrive. Most of your customers don’t think about what happens behind the scenes when they turn on the tap. You do. You know that the infrastructure you’re in charge of is vulnerable to aging, vandalism, and natural disasters. 

October 21 is national Imagine A Day Without Water. We encourage you to participate through social media posts, a news release article, or any other way you can think of. 

We have free graphics and bill stuffers you can print yourself or order from us for free on our Water System Marketing Resources webpage.

Our DWSRF webpage offers information on funding and loan cycles, emergency loan information, and asset management training. You can also learn about successful projects on our DWSRF Profiles webpage.

We all know that safe water runs on sustainable infrastructure. Sustainable infrastructure depends on the public’s belief in the safety of our tap water. We can’t have one without the other.


Kay Rottell

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Construction Loan

The DWSRF Program is accepting Construction Loan applications.  Submit your application using the DWSRF on-line system, WALT. The program guidelines, application worksheet, EZ-1 Form, and WALT Users Guide are available on the DWSRF Webpage.  Application deadline is November 30, 2021.

NOTE:   Pre-registration is required to access WALT. If you’re already in the WALT system, no action is needed. For WALT Pre-registration, please email dwsrf@doh.wa.gov.

Join us for our next MS Teams meeting on the Construction Loan program Nov 17, 10 AM to noon. The MS Teams meeting link is available on the DWSRF Webpage.

Please forward this email to anyone who may be interested.

Questions or concerns please contact:

Applications and general questionsSara J. Herrera 360-236-3089 or DWSRF@DOH.WA.GOV

Cultural & environmental reviewScott Kugel 509-329-2117

Scope of work and eligibilityCorina Hayes 360-236-3153

Scope of work and eligibilityErika Lindsey 360-236-3096Scope of work and eligibilityNick Fitzgerald 509-329-2213

Customer Assistance Program FREE Webinar

Washington State
Department of Health

Office of Drinking Water

Hello Drinking Water Partners:

On September 30, 2021, Proclamation 20-23.16 Ratepayer Assistance and Preservation of Essential Services, more commonly called the no shut-off order, is lifted. State leaders and utility operators estimate over half a million Washingtonians have overdue water or electrical bills that could result in their services being shut off. While customer assistance and payment plan options will vary across water systems, the new Washington Water Assistance program is one option for customer’s over 150 percent of the federal poverty limit. 

What:  Free virtual workshop
When: Thursday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Who:   Brian Sarensen, Washington State Department of Commerce
Where: Microsoft Teams Meeting

Join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)
+1 564-999-2000,,787797201#   United States, Olympia

Phone Conference ID: 787 797 201#

We will cover the new federal Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) and what steps are required by water systems to take part. Brian will share how Washington State is implementing this federal program through Washington Water Assistance.

For further information on this topic, please see our updated Customer Assistance website at doh.wa.gov/DWCAP.

Free RCAC Workshops

Northwestern Washington   Asset Management for Small Water & Wastewater Systems
September 15th at 9:00am 0.5 WA CEUs awarded Online ∙ Register Here  
Google Earth Pro Mapping & Asset Management for Water & Wastewater Systems September 22nd at 9:00am 0.3 WA CEUs awarded Online ∙ Register Here  
Asset Management for Small Water & Wastewater Systems September 14 – 16, 2021 ∙ 9:00am – 3:00pm Pacific Time
Join us to learn the basics of developing an Asset Management Plan. You will learn what an Asset Management Plan (AMP) is, how it impacts your budget and future potential funding opportunities, and how to begin developing your asset management plan! The training walks you through the steps to develop an asset management plan, as well as providing resources and spreadsheets to help you get started.  
Google Earth Pro Mapping & Asset Management for Water & Wastewater Systems September 21 – 23, 2021 ∙ 9:00am – 12:00pm Pacific Time Join us for this free, interactive training and learn how use Google Earth Pro to map your water or wastewater system! You will learn about the five components of an Asset Management Plan, and learn how to use the basic tools of Google Earth Pro. Google Earth Pro is free to download, and should be downloaded onto your computer prior to the beginning of the training. Download the program here.   These free trainings are supported by the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Drinking Water.   See the flyer here