Confluence:  Merging Regionalh2o and Conserveh2o E-newsletters

Starting with this issue, the Regional Water Providers Consortium is merging its two e-newsletters - Regionalh2o News and Conserveh2o News -  into one newsletter that will be published six times per year.  The new format will feature information about how the Consortium and its 20 water provider members are working together on conservation , emergency preparedness and other regionally-focused projects . Each issue will also provide you with water efficiency and preparedness tips, information, and resources.

November is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month

When people think about infrastructure, they often think of things that are easy to see: roads, cell towers and bridges. In regards to water, people often picture what comes out of the tap, but not the pipes, reservoirs and treatment stations that bring water from the source to their glass.

In honor of  National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month , the Consortium is sharing examples illustrating how its members ensure that the region's water infrastructure delivers the water you need, when you need it, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Interconnections Table Top Exercise Tests Provider Preparedness

On October 24, 2017, the Regional Water Providers Consortium hosted an emergency preparedness training that helped water provider staff focus on crucial interconnections between water systems. During the simulated exercise, more than 40 staff from 13 water providers used a GIS-based tool to problem-solve a fictional scenario where they figured out if and how water can be moved between water systems during an emergency. The Consortium and its members have worked together for more than 15 years to increase the resiliency of the region's water systems.
Member Spotlight: Tualatin Valley Water District and City of Tualatin partner to bring forth Flow and Eddy 

Building Flow and Eddy, the aptly named emergency water pump stations, enhances service options for Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) and the City of Tualatin. Portions of their service areas are dependent mostly on the City of Portland's Washington County Supply Line for water. In the event of a large earthquake or other major disaster, this single supply line could be damaged or cut off, leaving some TVWD and Tualatin customers without water. The two jurisdictions partnered to design and build Flow and Eddy - twin mobile pump stations capable of supplying 10 MGD (million gallons per day) of water from a different water source to their customers.  Learn more here.

Is your toilet ready for its holiday workout?

The holiday season can be a blur of activities from holiday parties to hosting out-of-town visitors. Holiday festivities also mean an increase in household water use. Water wasted from leaks account for approximately 12% of all water use in the average American home, and the toilet is one of the most likely places to leak. Sometimes it is easy to tell that your toilet is leaking because you can hear running water or faint hissing/trickling noises. Other times, water flows through the tank silently, which is why these leaks are often overlooked. Click here to learn how to find and fix toilet leaks to ensure that your toilet is in tip top shape for its holiday workout.

Need a game to play with your kids while running errands or traveling this holiday season? 
Why not play a game of water-focused "I spy"? Since water comes in three states - liquid, gas (steam), and solid (ice) - there are sure to be many ways you can spot it while you are out and about.

How to play: Take turns spotting water in its three states. Once you spot it, say "I spy with my little eye (liquid, gas or solid) water." The other players then guess what you have spied (e.g. a puddle, steam on a bus window, ice in a glass, snow!).

When the correct answer is guessed it is that person's turn to spy another example of water in one of its three states. How long you play is up to you!

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