WUE Webinar is Scheduled—SAVE THE DATE

The Office of Drinking Water is changing reporting requirements for the annual Water Use Efficiency (WUE) report and have scheduled a webinar on Thursday, January 7, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 (noon) to discuss the changes.  The webinar will include presentations on the reason for the changes, the benefits of the WUE program, and tips for obtaining water level measurements in your well.  Additionally, Washington State University (WSU) will discuss their forecasting efforts for the Columbia River Basin.  There are 0.3 CEU credits offered for this webinar.  Registration information will be coming soon.  There is no cost for this webinar and is recommended for operators or managers who complete the WUE form. 

Hope to see you there!

2020 Water Storage Basics Workshop – Online

  2020 Water Storage Basics Workshop – Online
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 8:00 AM PST
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:50 AM PST
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Water Storage Basics, an outline of good facilities, good materials, good maintenance & good practices  

Join the Northwest Washington and Central Washington Subsections for this workshop on water storage presented in 2 parts.  Topics to be covered include:  

Part 1 Tuesday December 8th 8 – noon
Storage basics Soils & seismic considerations
Structural considerations
Piping connections
Pressure tanks
Reservoir water quality
Large reservoirs

Part 2 Tuesday December 15th 8 – noon

Reservoir sanitary surveys
Corrosion control Tank materials
Post seismic event surveys
Instructors will be Sarah Lingley, P.E. & Jeff Lundt, P.E.   Click on the registration button below to sign up..

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0.3 CEUs for each part, pending   

Registration fee is $60 for each part for members of AWWA, WEF & PNCWA and $120 for non-members.  

Small system scholarships available for 4 operators that are members, see details on the web page..  

Thanks for your attention and response.  We look forward to seeing you safely online!  


Jeff Lundt
Washington Subsection AWWA

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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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


Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 12:00 PM PST
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Jeff Lundt
Washington WARN

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.
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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!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM PDT
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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.  
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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.  

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