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Course participants will learn how to complete a system-wide self-assessment of five core areas of everyday operations. Based on the assessment, participants identify a priority area of improvement that may be eligible for USDA funding, learn how to develop a short project plan, and then learn how to contact/connect with USDA to get the funding process started. 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 - Water Loss Control (3 hours of professional credit available) 
  • Water Loss Challenges for Small Systems
  • Defining Non-revenue Water
  • Using AWWA’s Water Balance and Free Water Audit Software
  • Understanding Production and Customer Metering Losses (Apparent Losses)
  • Controlling Leakage (Real Losses)
  • Calculating your losses and controlling them
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