December 2017

In This Issue
Decision Makers Summit
The Source Water Collaborative Turns 10!
The Source Water Collaborative Turns 10!
NRWA Partners with Department of Labor on Apprenticeship Program
SCDOT 10-Year Plan
Scientists Use Supercomputers to Create a More Sustainable Water Supply
Infrastructure Grants to Help SC Communities
Happy Holidays

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Decision Makers Summit
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Decision Makers Summit. It will be Thursday-Saturday, February 22-24 at the Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach. Learn more by visiting our website here . Registration will be open by January 2.  

Climate Connections Workshop Series
The SC State Climatology Office, in collaboration with the Carolinas  Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA) and SC Water Resources Center, is conducting a series of three one-day educational workshops in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston. The workshops will provide information relevant to stakeholders in each of these regions about responses to recent extreme events. Read more and  register

The Source Water Collaborative Turns 10!
The Source Water Collaborative, c omprised of federal, state, and local partners, was created in 2006 to further the goals of protecting sources of drinking water - recognizing that resources are extremely limited. View their 2016 Accomplishment Report here .
NRWA Partners with Department of Labor on Apprenticeship Program   
The National Rural Water Association, the nation's largest water utility association with more than 31,000 members, held a ceremonial signing in conjunction with the United States Department of Labor Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. local time on the rooftop of 101 Constitution Avenue NW, to launch a new nation-wide apprenticeship program.

The DOL will provide support for the NRWA as it continues to build the WaterPro Apprenticeship Program, which is set to become a nationally-recognized standard. Read full article here.

SCDOT 10-Year Plan
This link will take you to an interactive map that details SCDOT, COG, and CTC road related projects that are planned for the next 10 years. You can zoom in on your area and see which of these projects will impact your utility. If all goes as planned, the majority of these projects will have little or no economic impact on your utility once we get the relocation reimbursement bill passed in early 2018. In the meantime, 
you can use this interactive tool to see what the future holds for your area and plan accordingly - especially if you need to upsize a line that is on a highlighted area. Remember, our proposed legislation only pays for like-for-like replacement, so incremental coasts of upgrading would have to be paid by you. In any case, I hope this map helps you see what the future holds for you area.

Scientists Use Supercomputers to create a More Sustainable Water Supply
Removing salt from seawater is an enormous challenge. Researchers may have the answer-but it will require a whole lot of processing power.

Read the full article
here .


Infrastructure Grants to Help SC Communities
The SC Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved grant assistance for 28 communities totaling more than $12 million to ensure safe drinking water for residents and provide infrastructure reliability for area businesses. Funds will be used for construction of pump stations, elevated water storage tanks, line extensions as well as upgrades to treatment plants. Recipients share in the cost of projects by paying for non-construction activities and, often times, providing additional funds for construction. Read full article here.


Get a jumpstart on your continuing education hours! Take a look at what we are offering in the first quarter of 2018 here .

The SCRWA office will be closed Monday, December 25, and Tuesday December 26 for Christmas. We will also be closed Monday, January 1 for New Year's Day. Happy Holidays!