“EPA Backs Down on Covering Hydrants Under Lead Content Regulation,” in this case the power of all the national water and local government associations who have been pressing EPA and the Congress for a change in policy (statement). EPA officials said they won’t pursue their plans. “In response to the feedback received through that process, EPA concluded that fire hydrants are not widely used as a potable source of water and that the guidance should be revised to exclude fire hydrants if Congress doesn’t take action to do so before the January deadline,”An EPA spokesperson said in a statement (more).
If you have not seen the letter regarding our new member benefits in 2014, or are not currently a member of our association, please take a moment and click on the link below for our new member benefits. You’ll find another reason why joining ERWoW, as a system member, would be a great benefit to you!
UTC staff recently filed a Pre-proposal Statement of Inquiry soliciting comments on proposed changes to the WAC sections relating to water companies over which it the UTC has jurisdiction. According to the notice: “. . . staff proposes that the commission consider repealing WAC 480-110-255(2)(e) and (f), relating to homeowner associations, cooperatives, mutual corporations and similar entities. Also, staff proposes to define the terms “for hire” and “to the public” in WAC 480-110-245.
As proposed, the current exemption from regulation for “homeowner associations, cooperatives, mutual corporations and similar entities” would be eliminated. This could have significant impacts on the breadth of UTC jurisdiction and impact water companies that are currently exempt under the WACs. The UTC is soliciting written comments, due Monday, September 23, 2013.
Directions for submitting comments are provided on their website.
Ken Lindgren with the Startup Water District has passed away. He was the operator of Startup for many years and he attended many of our training classes as well as our conference. He will be missed. We offer our condolences to his family and the crew at Startup.
Our Fall Conference and Tradeshow is fast approaching! It’s August 27-29 if you have forgotten. Have you made your reservation at the Tulalip Resort yet? You can now make your reservation online by clicking the link below. Don’t wait til the last minute. Register today! The Group Code for the special rate is: TB0181
Many of you have called asking for our CCR Template. Unfortunately our CCR Template has not been updated and therefore we no longer have it available. The EPA website has a link to the CCR iWriter on their website. We have provided a link to the CCR iWriter for you here. Please call if you need help filling out your consumer confidence report.
The National Rural Water Association (NRWA) is the nation’s largest water and wastewater utility membership association with over 31,000 members has just developed and launched the Rural Water Application Store, which contains 87 of the most commonly used forms by rural water utilities. NRWA members can visit the Store, find the app they need and immediately use the apps and go paperless in minutes. But the NRWA didn’t just want to just replicate the paper forms members were using – they wanted to use the power of Canvas and mobile technology to make the types of information captured far more robust. So each NRWA app comes with GPS tracking, which inserts a Google Map into the report. Furthermore, in those apps where mathematical calculations are required, these are now done using formulas already built in the app vs. members having to manually calculate all the data, saving valuable time. All information captured in these apps can be integrated with backend software systems and databases, eliminating manual data reentry – a big headache.
Some of the apps available in the Rural Water Application Store include Process Monitoring, Water Loss Reports, Monthly Storage Tank Inspection Logs, Water District Inventory Controls, Lead Copper Testing Results, Monthly DBP-MRDL Chlorine Residual Measurements Report and many, many more. There are also state-specific apps for Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Montana, New York, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. There is no limit on the number of apps you can download.
Our 2013 Fall Conference and Tradeshow is just around the corner! We will be at the Tulalip Resort and Casino August 27-29! The conference registration packet will be hitting your mailbox soon. But.. you don’t have to wait! You can view and print the registration packet now! Click the link below for the conference registration information.
We currently have an open board position for the South East Region of the state. This region includes the following counties: Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Walla Walla, and Whitman. If you are a member of our association in this region and are interested in being on our board of directors please call or email the office and we will get a board packet sent to you. Thank you!
We have some wonderful new classes for both water and wastewater operators. This means full CEUs as opposed to only receiving 1/2 credit if it is a class you have previously attended. Check out our training calendar for upcoming classes in your area. We also are offering online classes through CEU Plan!