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
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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.
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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!

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.
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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

Approved Training Credit Hours for Upcoming Virtual Training

  No-Cost Webinar Training:
Financial Recovery from COVID-19 and Customer Assistance Programs for Small Water Systems in Washington State
September 28 & 29, 2020 | 10:00am-12:30pm PT Register via Zoom Meetings     Webinar 1: September 28, 2020 | 10:00am-11:30am PT 
This webinar will provide an overview of the competing priorities of the water utility: serve all customers continuously and provide financial sustainability amid this crisis and beyond. We will then discuss alternative approaches to water shut offs and describe various ways that customers can be assisted, from the less direct approaches such as rate structures to the most direct approach of a formal Customer Assistance Program that pays all or a portion of customer bills.

Webinar 2: September 29 | 10:00am-11:30am PT 
This ask-the expert style webinar will allow a more in-depth discussion of issues that are on the minds of water utility personnel across Washington as they address the tremendous financial considerations of the pandemic. While we expect that many utilities may have questions related to alternatives to water shut-offs and customer assistance options, utilities may ask more general questions about managerial or financial topics. Participants will be given the option of submitting questions in advance or can submit them during the webinar. Who Should Attend:
• Managers, owners, and operators of small water systems serving less than 10,000 people, including local government systems and tribal systems, as well as all other types of water systems, such as: homeowners associations, mobile home parks, resorts/campgrounds, schools, prisons, and more
• Decision-makers for water utilities, including mayors, finance officers, utility managers, public works directors, city councilors, board members, tribal council members, and clerks
• Consultants and technical assistance providers serving water systems Training Hours: Approved for 0.3 CEU for attendees that participate in the entire series. Trainers: Heather Himmelberger, Director, Southwest Environmental Finance Center at the University of New Mexico and Shadi Eskaf, Research Director, Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill  Contact: Allison Perch, perch@sog.unc.edu

Partners:
               The Smart Management for Small Water Systems program is administered by the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN), a university-based organization creating innovative solutions to the difficult how-to-pay issues of environmental protection and improvement.
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DWSRF Upcoming Funding Opportunities and Webinars

Washington State Department of Health Office of Drinking Water
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Updates
September 2020

We will accept Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Construction Loan applications October 1 to November 30.  We have about $45 million to award, with maximum award per jurisdiction of $5 million. Information on this funding opportunity is posted to our webpage along with the link to a September 22 webinar:                       

Doh.wa.gov/DWSRF

Based on recent survey responses, we know you need to complete projects and we encourage you to apply this year for DWSRF Construction Loan funding since we don’t know if or when infrastructure stimulus dollars will be available.  In the event you receive a DWSRF Construction Loan and stimulus funding becomes available later, we will work with you in revising your DWSRF Construction Loan to stimulus funding terms if you qualify.

We are doing an emergency rule change for the upcoming DWSRF Construction Loan funding cycle to address concerns regarding the eligibility criteria in WAC 246-296-100.  The current rule requires applicants to have a current approved planning document to be eligible to apply for DWSRF funding.  We are modifying the DWSRF eligibility planning document requirement to read:   Have a water system plan or small water system management program that:  (a) Is department-approved and current through the close of the application cycle; or (b) Is submitted to the department for review prior to the close of the application cycle and receives department approval within one hundred twenty days after the close of the application cycle. 
For the 2020 Construction Loan cycle, the date to have an approved planning document is extended to March 30, 2021, provided the planning document has been submitted to the regional office for review on or before November 30, 2020.  This change will be effective by October 1 and will only apply to the 2020 Construction Loan funding cycle; this rule change will not become permanent.  This rule change is being implemented to address difficulties being experienced by our water systems to update planning documents in a timely manner. 

As a reminder, DWSRF has Emergency Loan funding available.  You can use this funding to rent generators, rent temporary treatment equipment, temporary repairs, or permanent repairs.  This funding opportunity is limited to not-for-profit Group A community water systems serving fewer than 10,000 people.  Visit the DWSRF webpage for more information on this funding program. 

NEW:  Preconstruction loans will be available starting in January.  We will accept applications year-round until funding is exhausted.  We have about $3 million available to award through June 30, 2021.  Maximum award per jurisdiction is $500,000, with loan terms of 0% interest rate, two-year time of performance, and ten-year repayment period.  This funding can be used for planning documents, engineering reports, designing improvements, permitting, environmental reviews, and cultural reviews in preparation for a future DWSRF Construction Loan or potential stimulus funding.  We will post more information to the DWSRF webpage in December. 

Please check the DWSRF webpage for updates or email us at dwsrf@doh.wa.gov if you have questions.  

EPA Drinking Water Workshop

EPA Drinking Water Workshop
The annual workshop is going online this year and is open to the public.

Held September 1 to 3, the workshop brings together academics, federal researchers, state officials, and others involved in drinking water treatment and regulation.

There will be sessions on all the big questions of the day: PFAS, lead, pathogens in distribution systems, water access on the Navajo Nation during Covid-19, small system challenges.

(Courtesy Circle of Blue)

Google Earth Mapping and Asset Management from RCAC

When
August 4, 2020 • 10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. (PST)
Online


0.4 WA DW Continuing Education Units
This course Google Earth Mapping and Asset Management Workshop is now offered as an online two-part series. Part 1 will take place from 10:00am to 12:00pm and Part 2 will take place from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Please follow the link below to register.


Participants must attend both sessions to earn CEUs.
Participants should download and install the free Google Earth Pro software prior to the class (google.com/earth/)

Morning Session:
Mapping a utility’s assets can greatly assist with developing an asset management plan.
Participants will receive a step-by-step tutorial on how to get started mapping their system’s assets using Google Earth Pro for project planning, public presentations and developing capital improvement plans.

Afternoon Session:
Asset management planning plays a significant role in the overall financial sustainability of a utility. With proper planning, the useful life of equipment can be extended, emergencies can be avoided, and overall costs will be reduced.

A capital improvement plan (CIP) prioritizes the replacement or installation of infrastructure assets. It includes the forecasting and budgeting of capital outlay and is an integral part of the budgeting and rate-setting process for even very small systems.

Register online at: https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=2207
or contact Dan Bannier at: dbannier@rcac.org
There is no fee to attend this workshop, but please register in advance to attend as space is limited.

Sustainable Financial Management Planning for Water Utilities Webinar

Sustainable Financial Management Planning for Water Utilities Webinar

Communities across the country range in abilities to successfully navigate financial options for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure. The process of accessing funding and financing can be a barrier to investing in water infrastructure, especially for resource-constrained and smaller communities. These water sector investments can be crucial to supporting local jobs and protecting public health in the community. State-level funders and philanthropic foundations have a unique opportunity to revitalize water infrastructure in communities needing it most. With these public and private funds working together, critical funding gaps in the water sector can be addressed. You are invited to attend a one-hour webinar to learn about ways coordination between funding agencies is occurring in states across the country. The webinar will also discuss opportunities for state-level agencies to partner with foundations on water infrastructure investments.Time

Jun 15, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

https://rossstrategic.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jX8a9wigQJONUyrn2R44qA