Archive | April 2012

MAP staff participates in Energy Audit

Today, ten MAP staff are in the community of Windsor, MO, population 2,901, conducting an energy audit. Scott Strahley, from the Ohio RCAP, is assisting our staff with this energy audit to enable MAP to assist other small communities going forward. This audit will provide Windsor with recommendations for reducing energy costs in their city offices and water and wastewater utilities.

MAP staff and the City Operator examine a lift station at the Windsor lagoon.


Status of the Nation’s Water Infrastructure

RCAP Rural Matters: In 2009, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which regularly evaluates infrastructure in each industry, graded the country’s water and wastewater infrastructure with a D-minus. ASCE has since indicated that it is aging, overburdened, and that current investment is not keeping up with the need.  If a modest increase in investment in water infrastructure is not made, the US could suffer more than $700 billion in economic losses by 2020 and ten times that amount by 2040.

To read more on this issue and other water/wastewater issues:

MN Water Supply System helping Nicaragua

Star Tribune: A Minnesota nonprofit’s “CTI 8 Chlorinator” is now installed in 126 rural Nicaraguan communities, saving lives by markedly reducing disease from water-borne bacteria. Compatible Technology International (CTI) employees are helping to provide clean water to nearly 100,000 people in Nicaragua, and they estimate that 250,000 Nicaraguans will get clean water daily by 2014! To read the article in its entirety, please follow the link below.

St. Anthony: Grass-roots water supply system helping Nicaragua

Jorge Fernandez (seated), a volunteer and retired Pentair business manager, inspected a Compatible Technology-designed water chlorinator with community volunteers in a village in northern Nicaragua. Since a pilot project a decade ago, many villages have installed and maintained the low-cost, simple technology


Spring “Seasonal Update” sent out to Minnesota Operators

Last week we sent out Issue #2 of our Seasonal Update newsletter in Minnesota.  We wanted to put together an update that would jog an operator’s memory about tasks and important dates/deadlines that may not be included in their normal maintenance plans or schedules.  As the first paragraph of the newsletter states – “this email is intended to help utilities be more proactive and prevent accidents, violations, and costly repairs.  It is not intended to replace your current maintenance plan, but hopefully some of the items can be integrated into your current plan.”

Rather than offering these reminders to operators individually during site visits, we figured we would utilize technology to send these friendly reminders to all of the operators at once and time it with the seasonal changes.  The first one we sent out in December was targeted to Tribal water staff.  This recent update was sent out to all water-related utilities, Tribal and otherwise.

Would a newsletter like this be beneficial in your state?


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