Nominate Your Water Systems by January 15th for the AWWA Exemplary Source Water Protection Award

cup awardPlease consider nominating your water systems for the 2018 AWWA Exemplary Source Water Protection Award. Nominations are due on January 15, 2019 and winners will be announced at the 2019 AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition. This award recognizes up to three water systems every year for their outstanding source water protection programs, with consideration for their size and resources. This year’s award winners were the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority in New Mexico, the Clackamas River Providers in Oregon and the Rock County Rural Water District in Minnesota.

The AWWA Source Water Protection Committee that administers the award program is again this year strongly encouraging nomination submissions for the smallest water systems serving populations of 10,000 or fewer, using either ground water or surface water supply sources. Because many of these systems may not have the resources or ability to complete the application process themselves, the Committee is hopeful that state drinking water programs, AWWA Sections, and State Rural Water Associations will be willing to help.

While the nominations are not due until January 15th, it is helpful to get an early start on the application process. Nominations are judged on how well a water system meets the six components of AWWA’s (G300) Source Water Protection Standard: 1) program vision; 2) source water characterization; 3) source water protection goals; 4) development of an Action Plan; 5) implementation of the Action Plan; and 6) periodic evaluation and revision of the entire program. In addition to how well a source water protection program satisfies each of the six program components for the AWWA Standard, nominees will also be evaluated on the following three criteria:

  • Effectiveness of the program,
  • Innovative approaches, and
  • Difficulties overcome.

For more information about the award, including previous award recipients, eligibility and submission criteria, and the entry form, go to:  www.awwa.org/eswpa.

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September 2018 Events to Promote Groundwater Protection

Protect your GW DayProtect Your Groundwater Day is September 4. This day provides a great opportunity to promote public health and environmental protection by getting involved and celebrating. State drinking water programs should consider sharing information about “Protect Your Groundwater Day” with your water utilities and citizens to create greater awareness about protecting this valuable resource. The National Ground Water Association has put together some free marketing materials to help you promote the event including social media messaging and tips for #PYGWD, a press release template, and logos, posters and graphics at WellOwner.org.

septicsmart_week_2018_save_date_010318SepticSmart Week is September 17-21. Each year, SepticSmart Week is held with outreach activities to encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems. This year, SepticSmart Week will be held from September 17-21. State drinking water programs and communities will want to use this opportunity to promote homeowner education and awareness and educate local decision makers about infrastructure options available to improve and sustain communities. Visit EPA’s website to download SepticSmart materials and a proclamation template, read about suggested events and activities, view highlights and case studies of community efforts across the nation, and join in the conversation on social media at #SepticSmartWeek.

 

 

AWWA Announces 2018 Exemplary Source Water Protection Award Winners

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Congratulations to the three winners of AWWA’s 2018 Exemplary Source Water Protection Award. The winners are Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority in New Mexico; Clackamas River Water Providers in Oregon City, Oregon; and Rock County Rural Water District in Luverne, Minnesota. The utilities were chosen for three different size categories — Albuquerque as a large utility serving a population greater than 500,000; Clackamas River as a large utility serving a population of 50,000 to 500,000; and Rock County for a small utility serving fewer than 50,000. AWWA will recognize the utilities for their awards next week at ACE18 in Las Vegas.  For more information about the awards and the water utilities’ exemplary source water protection efforts, visit the AWWA website.

New AWWA Report Highlights Source Water Protection in Water Utility CCRs

AWWAAWWA has published a new report entitled, “Communicating Source Water Protection Efforts in Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs).” This new report serves as a guidance document that is designed to help small and medium-sized utilities write more effective CCRs that educate customers about source water protection needs and efforts. The complimentary report is only available to AWWA members for the first six months. For more information, visit the AWWA website.

US Water Prize 2018 Nomination Period Now Open

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The US Water Alliance has opened the nomination period for the 2018 US Water Prize and the deadline for applications is March 8, 2018. The US Water Prize is awarded annually, and celebrates outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable, integrated, and inclusive solutions to our nation’s water challenges. It is a national recognition program for exemplary efforts to secure a sustainable water future for all. Prize categories for 2018 include public, private, and non-profit organizations, and two categories for outstanding individuals. Winners of the US Water Prize will be recognized and announced during the Water Prize Ceremony at the US Water Alliance’s One Water Summit 2018 in the Twin Cities, July 10-12.  Previous winners include some water utilities and the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative. For more information and to submit a nomination by March 8th, visit the website here.

 

Plan Now for National Groundwater Awareness and Fix-a-Leak Weeks in March

National Groundwater Awareness Week is taking place on March 11-17, and EPA’s WaterSense Fix-a-Leak is taking place the following week on March 19-25, 2018.

National Groundwater Awareness Week is March 11-17

ngwa awareness weekPlan now to promote public awareness about groundwater during this year’s National Groundwater Awareness Week. The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) invites you to join them in this effort by spreading the word through your website, timely newsletter publications, social media, or other education and outreach activities. This year’s theme of “Tend, Test, Treat,” includes an associated video for private well owners, a press release template, and other useful information and materials. State drinking water programs and health departments can use these tools to reach private well owners and the general public, and also pass this information along to your water utilities to share with their customers. For more information, to download the materials, and to become a groundwater advocate, visit NGWA’s website at Ground Water Awareness Week and Wellowner.org.

Fix-a-Leak Week is March 19-25

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EPA’s WaterSense program and its partners (including ASDWA and many states) will raise awareness about the importance of eliminating household leaks during the 10th Annual Fix-a-Leak Week. ASDWA encourages states to promote this week with your water systems and communities by sharing information through newsletters and social media, and hosting community events that highlight the water-saving benefits of fixing household leaks. Help them get started to chase down leaks and reduce water waste with a few simple tips, along with educational resources and a video you can find on the WaterSense website.

US Water Alliance Creates One Water for America Policy Framework for 2018 Rollout

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The US Water Alliance has created a new “One Water for America Policy Framework.” The Framework was developed from discussions with approximately 500 people across the country during a series of 15 listening sessions. During the sessions, water industry leaders, local officials, farmers, environmental groups and others provided insights that were organized into seven big ideas for sustainable water management in the US, and will be released as a series of webinars and policy briefs starting in January. Some of the seven big ideas include:  advancing regional collaboration; accelerating agriculture-utility partnerships; sustaining infrastructure funding; and reducing lead risks.

Read the Framework Executive Summary, view the Seven Big Ideas, and find more information about this effort here.

Nominate Your Water Systems for the AWWA Exemplary Source Water Protection Award by January 15th

 

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Nominations for the 2017 AWWA Exemplary Source Water Protection Award are due on January 15, 2018.  Please consider nominating your water systems for this award, where winners will be announced at the 2018 AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition.  This award recognizes up to three water systems every year for their outstanding source water protection programs, with consideration for their size and resources.  This year’s two award winners were the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District in Utah and the City of Bremerton Public Works & Utility in Washington.

The AWWA Source Water Protection Committee that administers the award program is again this year strongly encouraging nomination submissions for the smallest water systems serving populations of 10,000 or fewer, using either ground water or surface water supply sources.  Because many of these systems may not have the gumption, resources, or ability to complete the application process themselves, the Committee is hopeful that state drinking water programs, AWWA Sections, and State Rural Water Associations will be willing to help.

While the nominations are not due until January 15, 2018, it is helpful to get an early start on the application process.  Nominations are judged on how well a water system meets the six components of AWWA’s (G300) Source Water Protection Standard:  1) program vision; 2) source water characterization; 3) source water protection goals; 4) development of an Action Plan; 5) implementation of the Action Plan; and 6) periodic evaluation and revision of the entire program. In addition to how well a source water protection program satisfies each of the six program components for the AWWA Standard, nominees will also be evaluated on the following three criteria:

  • Effectiveness of the program,
  • Innovative approaches, and
  • Difficulties overcome.

For more information about the award, including previous award recipients, eligibility and submission criteria, and the entry form, go to:  www.awwa.org/eswpa.

 

Urban Waters Federal Partnership Wins Sammie Award

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Last Week, Surabhi Shah of EPA, and the Urban Waters Federal Partnership team won a 2017 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal. The medals, known as the “Sammies,” are awarded annually by the Partnership for Public Service. They are designed to highlight excellence in the federal workforce and inspire other talented and dedicated individuals to go into public service. This year, the Urban Waters Federal Partnership got the most votes from the public in the People’s Choice category for their work with local, state and federal agencies, businesses, nonprofits and philanthropies to with local, state and federal agencies, businesses, nonprofits and philanthropies to clean up urban waterways and surrounding lands that help spur redevelopment of abandoned properties, promote new businesses, and provide parks and access for boating, swimming, fishing and community gatherings.

The partnership is led by EPA, along with the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development, and 10 other federal agencies. The program has been successful in leveraging resources for more than 250 locations throughout the US to improve more than 22,000 acres of land and engage approximately 100,000 community members.

For more information about the program, visit the Urban Waters Federal Partnership website. For more information about the award, go HERE.

NALMS Publishes Source Water Protection Position Statement and White Paper

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The North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) has posted its “Position on Source Water Protection” and associated white paper on its website. NALMS is a member of the Source Water Collaborative (along with 26 other organizations including ASDWA) and its mission is to forge partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs for today and tomorrow. The new position statement and white paper provide information about the importance of source water protection; the six components of a successful source water protection program (as outlined in the ANSI/AWWA Standard G300); and more. To read the position statement and white paper, go to the NALMS website.