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September 2014--Maintaining Septic Systems Can Help Community Residents Save Money and Protect Local Waters and Public Health
Describes resources and strategies local officials can use to educate community residents about caring for and maintaining their septic systems, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s SepticSmart resources, NESC’s Lifestyle PSA’s, NESC’s technical assistance via phone and email, and Pipeline Newsletter.
September 2013--Valuing Water for Its Invaluable Services
Discusses the importance of valuing water for the many invaluable services it provides, from drinking water to public health protection, and for environmental, cultural, agricultural, and economic uses.
March 2013—Taking Steps to Sustainability: Water and Energy Efficiency Are Attainable Goals .(Originally released September 2012)
Describes why effective planning is essential for water and wastewater systems so they can manage their operations and infrastructure as well as ensuring the sustainability of the communities they serve.
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September 2011—Making Sure It All Adds Up: Financial Accounting for Small Water and Wastewater Systems.
Describes the importance of using sound financial accounting practices to manage and maintain water and wastewater systems, and
offers 10 recommendations for improving your financial management approach.
September 2011—Communities, Water Sources and Potential Impacts of Shale Gas Development.
Describes the challenges presented by shale gas development activities and offers suggestions for protecting your community and water sources from potential negative impacts.
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June 2011—Planning Ahead Improves Water and Wastewater Service.
Planning ahead can help you implement practices that save money.
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June 2011—Roadmap to the Future: Capital Improvements Planning for Small Water Systems.
Explains how to develop a capital improvements plan for your water or wastewater system, and why it‚Äö√Ñ√¥s important.
September 2010—"Plan to Protect Source Water: Why Are Source Water Protection Plans Important?"
Provides a brief overview of water pollution and water use problems in the U.S., discusses how we currently manage these problems, and offers strategies local leaders can use to protect their drinking water sources.
August 2010—"Setting Water and Sewer Rates to Sustain These Essential Services"
This article provides a brief overview about water and sewer rates in rural and small systems, and discusses basic rate structures, resources for conducting rate studies and setting rates, and the importance of educating customers about the true costs of services.
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August 2010—"Utilities Help Each Other During Emergencies—Have your water and wastewater systems signed up?"
Provides information about the Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN), a utilities-helping-utilities program that uses mutual aid and assistance agreements, which are established and signed prior to a disaster, incident, or emergency, to help impacted member utilities quickly obtain resources such as personnel, equipment, materials, and related services from utility signatories to the WARN agreement.
Winter 2009—"Water and Energy: An Uncertain Future, A Monumental Challenge"
Discusses the interdependencies between water and energy, explains how one impacts the other, and identifies conservation, efficiency, and management strategies that can help address the increasing demands on these resources. This article originally appeared in the Winter 2009 issue of On Tap magazine, which features drinking water news and information for the nation's small communities,.
May 2009—"Drugs in our waterways: What can community leaders do to slow the flow?"
Identifies practical steps every community can take to keep pharmaceuticals and personal care products out of local waterways.
September 2009—"Managing Aging Water Infrastructure Assets: Planning Ahead Saves Time and Money"
Discusses proactive strategies for overseeing or managing the repair, rehabilitation, replacement, and financing of aging water and wastewater infrastructure.
September 2009—"Are You Prepared to Handle Labor Shortages in Your Water Utilities?"
Explains the pending shortages in the water and wastewater operator workforce and offers ideas for retaining or replacing these workers and capturing the knowledge and experience they have.
Spring/Summer 2008—"Save the Source, Save Some Money"
By Kathy Jesperson, NESC Editor. Contamination not only threatens human health, it can jeopardize a community's ecology and economy. Given these realities, it only makes sense to protect the source.