August 2016

In This Issue
Annual Conference: Just over 2 weeks away!
New director chosen for SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations
Corrosive groundwater raises risk of lead exposure in SC
SCRWA's assistance applauded by NRWA
SRF and IUP
Deadline approaching for first round of infrastructure grants
SC Operator Certification Review Survey
Fiscal Sustainability/ Asset Management Workshop
Navigating the Revised Total Coliform Rule
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EVENTS


Annual Conference: Just over 2 weeks away!
  • Visit our  website for additional information on the Conference and to Register
     
  • LAST CALL FOR SPONSORSHIPS: Why not sponsor an item or meal at the Conference? You can promote your company AND support SCRWA. The deadline for signing up for sponsored items is
    Wednesday, August 31.  Visit the Conference Sponsorship page on our website to choose an item now.
     
  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Becky Allenbach, Chief of the Grants & Drinking Water Protection Branch of the EPA, Region 4 will be our keynote speaker during the awards luncheon on Wednesday. Check out other events on the Conference Agenda.
     
  • TUESDAY NIGHT SOCIAL: Did you realize SCRWA was formed in the 70s? To recognize that, let's travel back in time and celebrate. Tuesday night's poolside social will be a 70s theme party! We invite everyone to come dressed in your favorite 70s attire (however, this is optional, not required). Prizes will be awarded to those wearing the best outfit! Can you dig it?
     
  • WaterPAC and Door Prize donations - Just a reminder: we are looking forward to another great WaterPAC raffle! Please consider bringing an item to donate. Exhibitors: we will be also be collecting door prize items to draw during the day on Tuesday. 
     
  • The SCRWA room block at The Marriott has been filled however we have secured rooms at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.
    Click here for more information. 
NEWS

New director chosen for
SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations
August 8, 2016 - Gov. Nikki Haley has appointed a new director for the state's labor regulation agency.
 
Haley tapped Emily Farr as the next director of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR). Farr is an attorney who specializes in employment law at Columbia-based firm Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd.
Read more
Corrosive groundwater raises
risk of lead exposure in SC
Columbia, SC - South Carolina's sandy midsection contains some of the country's most acidic, pipe-corroding groundwater, but many small utilities aren't treating drinking water to prevent lead from washing off pipes and into people's taps. Read more.
SCRWA's assistance applauded by NRWA
LORIS, S. C. - When the long-time city administrator and city clerk of Loris, SC retired, the small town of 2,400 the public water system was left with no experienced city officials to manage the utility. They contacted the South Carolina Rural Water Association to assist in putting procedures in place and getting the staff appropriately trained. Read more.
FUNDING









SRF and IUP
The FY16 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) Intended Use Plan (IUP) and the FY16 Drinking Water SRF IUP have been finalized and are posted on DHEC's Website - http://www.scdhec.gov/srfforms. Any questions about the IUPs or the SRF program in South Carolina, should be directed to Chuck Gorman, GormanCM@dhec.sc.gov, or (803) 898-3993.
Deadline approaching for
first round of infrastructure grants 
The SC Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) is now offering grants statewide. The deadline to submit applications in the first round of the competitive grants program is Monday, September 12, 2016. RIA has $25 million in grants available through two program categories: basic infrastructure and economic infrastructure. Visit www.ria.sc.gov to download the application and program strategy as well as learn more information. 
TRAINING

SC Operator Certification Review Survey
SCDHEC is required to conduct an external review of the operator certification program every three to five years. Your assistance in participating in this
10-question survey would be greatly appreciated. 
Fiscal Sustainability/ Asset Management Workshop
Led by SCRWA's new Asset Management and Training Specialist, Mike Bailes ( formerly of Catawba River Water Treatment Plant). The Asset Management Program is a one-day workshop that targets the 5 keys to Asset Management. These new tools will allow utilities to operate on a " Business Model" for long term sustainability addressing stricter regulatory requirements, growing populations, increased service demands, limited water supplies, climate change, aging infrastructure, increased energy costs and limited funding. Click here for additional information on the workshop. Wednesday, September 21 at SCRWA's office in Irmo. Pre-registration is required. Cost: Members and Non-Members: $15 per person.
Navigating the Revised Total Coliform Rule
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  published the Revised Total Coliform Rule in the Federal Register on February 13, 2013 - 78 FR 10269. Read more.