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Workshop participants will learn how to assess revenue requirements, identify the community’s financial priorities, and build rates that fit their situation and objectives. All participants receive dedicated, follow-up technical assistance and helpful documents from AWWA.
This workshop is part of a special workshop series made possible through the collaboration of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Partnership for Safe Water.  
Agenda/Lessons Covered
Session 1 - Setting Effective Rates for Small Systems (3 hours of professional credit available) 
  • Assessing Your System
  • Assessing Your Community Priorities
    • Identifying your core financial objectives 
    • Evaluating your customer base 
    • Where to find information on your customers and your community
  • Building Rates that Fit Your Situation and Objectives
Session 2 - Optimization and Accessing Funding (3 hours of professional credit available) 
  • Overview of the AWWA Partnership for Safe Water Programs    
  • How to conduct a self-assessment in order to optimize your operations
    • General Management/Administration 
    • Finance 
    • Asset Management 
    • Source Water Protection 
    • Distribution System Operations
  • How to apply for low-interest funding through the USDA (a representative from your local USDA office will present this information and answer any questions you may have)
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for all attendees have been applied for all Virginia Operators. 
Geneva Hudgins