UPCOMING TRAININGS

WEBINAR: Energy Management Planning for Small Water Systems and the NYSERDA Model

electricmeterRobertLinderLocation: Online – your computer!
Cost: FREE
Date: December 2, 2014
Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm EDT

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Energy costs are the largest controllable cost for water systems. In 2010, water systems used 12.6% of the nation’s total annual energy consumption, equivalent to the total energy consumption of approximately 40 million Americans.

A good energy management plan can improve energy efficiency, manage energy consumption, control peak demand for energy, manage energy cost volatility, and improve energy reliability. The NYSERDA seven step model for energy management planning will be shared with operators and decision makers. The webinar will also include small water systems sharing their experiences with energy management planning.

Presenters:

  • David Tucker, Project Director, Environmental Finance Center at UNC Chapel Hill
  • Fredric T. Royal, PE, CFM, Town Engineer, Town of Pittsboro, NC
  • Adam Pickett, Water Treatment Plant Superintendent, Town of Pittsboro, NC

For more information, please contact Khris Dodson at 315-443-8818 or kdodson@syracusecoe.org

For questions about whether credit is available for a webinar:
AWWA will request pre-approval from the state licensing agencies for the webinar. AWWA recommends that you check with your licensing agency to learn about its criteria, rules, and what you need to do in order to receive credit for your attendance. It is your responsibility to verify this information with your licensing agency. For assistance contact educationservices@awwa.org.

IF YOU REQUIRE A CONTINUING EDUCATION CERTIFICATE:
-Each viewer must register individually
-Group rosters will not be accepted

Michigan Leadership Workshop

ManagerialandFinancialLeadershipLocation: Lansing Community College, West Campus: 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing Michigan 48917 Room W157
Cost: Free
Date: 12/3/2014 – 12/4/2014
Time: 12/3/2014 8:00am – 3:00pm; 12/4/2014 8:00am – 12:30pm
Who should attend: public works directors, water utility managers, operators, finance staff

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Why Attend: Strong communication and decision making skills are critical for successful leaders, and leadership happens at every level of a system regardless of size. Public works directors, water utility managers, operators, and finance staff need to effectively communicate decisions to rate payers, boards or commissions, funding and regulatory agencies, and staff.

This workshop will help you:

  • Communicate more effectively
  • Reduce conflict among stakeholders
  • Effectively plan for the future

Learn a decision-making process that will provide justifiable conclusions and recommendations. Create a compelling message for diverse audiences to garner support, and change attitudes and behaviors.

This workshop has been approved for .7 CECs.

This workshop is designed for water systems serving 10,000 or fewer customers, though systems of any size may attend.

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WEBINAR: Customer Affordability Considerations in Water Rate Setting

Funding CoordinationLocation: Online – your computer!
Cost: FREE
Date: December 9, 2014
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm EDT

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How can you best serve low income customers and still pay costs? This webinar will help operators and other staff involved in water rate setting to consider customer affordability.

Often, the operator is challenged to make add revenue to maintain and improve the utility. But, faced with customer affordability, decision-makers hesitate to approve rate increases. This webinar will equip small system staff with some ways to assess customer affordability for their own customer base. The webinar will also introduce approaches to help low incomes customers pay water bills.

For more information, please contact Khris Dodson at 315-443-8818 or kdodson@syracusecoe.org

For questions about whether credit is available for a webinar:
AWWA will request pre-approval from the state licensing agencies for the webinar. AWWA recommends that you check with your licensing agency to learn about its criteria, rules, and what you need to do in order to receive credit for your attendance. It is your responsibility to verify this information with your licensing agency. For assistance contact educationservices@awwa.org.

IF YOU REQUIRE A CONTINUING EDUCATION CERTIFICATE:
-Each viewer must register individually
-Group rosters will not be accepted

West Virginia | Eastern Panhandle Region Leadership Training

  • 4Partner and Host: West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council
  • Date: 12/9/2014
  • More info: Contact Matthew Pennington: mpennington@region9wv.com or (304) 263-1743

Protecting our water resources is essential for community prosperity. Reports indicate that the contamination to Charleston, WV’s drinking water supply in January 2014, resulted in over $60 million of negative economic impact.

The Eastern Panhandle Planning and Development Council (Region 9 ) is pleased to invite West Virginia’s communities, local governments, and businesses to attend leadership training in source water protection.

This workshop, conducted by expert facilitators from the Environmental Finance Centers at University of Maryland and Dominican University of California, will incorporate examples, stories and tools that will:

  • Provide the skills to understand and better manage interactions with staff, board and/or the community,
  • Introduce tools to help reduce conflict and plan for the future, and
  • Improve participant’s ability to turn dry numbers into a compelling story and message.

USVI | Finance Workshop

Funding CoordinationLocation: St. Croix (DEP & DHS)
Cost: FREE!
Date: 12/9 – 12/11

Our work on St. Croix will focus on water systems run by several territorial departments.  The goal of our work is to help the departments finance and manage their water systems more sustainably. In particular, we want to look at ways that the systems can save money in their operations.  There are a few areas that we will focus on:

- Opportunities to purchase items from off-island in bulk
- Reducing energy costs
- Long term capital planning and asset management

This workshop is offered only to select water systems on St. Croix.

Financial Empowerment for Small Water Systems in North Carolina

Funding CoordinationLocation: Craven Community College, Bosch & Siemens Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC), 800 College Court, New Bern, NC 28562, Room 102
Cost: Free!
Date: 12/11/2014
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Agenda: Click Here
Map/Driving directions: Click Here

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This workshop is designed for local government drinking water system managers, finance directors, elected officials, or anyone who is involved with financial decisions for their water system. The objective of the workshop is to provide participants with financial tools to ensure their systems can continue to deliver safe reliable water for years to come.

This workshop will cover:

  • Rates and rate setting
  • Controlling costs
  • Planning for capital expenses
  • Accessing external funding (loans and grants)
  • Tracking and benchmarking financial performance
  • Other Enterprise Fund issues that small water systems face

This workshop is designed for water systems serving 10,000 or fewer people, especially targeting local government systems facing financial challenges.  Owners of privately owned systems, consultants and technical assistance providers serving small water systems are also invited to attend.

This course is approved for 6.0 Water Operator Certification Contact Hours. We will be providing 6.0 Professional Engineering PDHs.

*Please note: The workshop is free of charge, but all food and travel costs are the responsibility of participants.

MS | Water Loss Reduction and Fiscal Planning Workshop

pipeLocation: MSU Extension Service Building, 400 CJ Hardin Jr. Road, Pontotoc, MS 38863
Cost: FREE!
Date: 2/19/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Description and registration coming soon!

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