A decade ago paper magazines, many of them free and supported by grants or advertisers, were commonplace in the water industry.

Today the world is a different place, with a dramatically-changing print industry. At first content shifted to websites and blog posts, but recently technology has made it easier to deliver a magazine-style experience online.

For example, Water Online now has water and wastewater versions of a digital magazine. The latest wastewater edition includes helpful articles like a regulatory update and instrumentation pitfalls to avoid. It looks a lot like a print magazine, down to pages that appear to flip. Clicking on ads takes you straight to the manufacturer's website. 

Digital magazines are portable, easily shareable, and environmentally-friendly? But, there are certainly times when they're less convenient and comfortable to read. And with it not sitting there catching your eye, do you even remember to read it? 

We're curious. Are you enjoying digital magazines as much as you did paper? Are there still print versions that make it to your home or office? Leave a comment letting us know what you think!

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Do you use Operator Basics in your training or allow operators to use Operator Basics for CEU credit in your state or jurisdiction

SmallWaterSupply.org has free copies of the Operator Basics CD available to regulators and technical assistance providers, just for the asking. We would like to see them used, and are offering to ship packets of up to 100 CD’s for free.

In return, you only need to give them away to operators or operators in training that will benefit from the lessons. If you are interested, please email Steve Wilson, sdwilson@illinois.edu.

Not sure what this is all about? We blogged about Operator Basics a few years ago. 


A recent news article highlights eight tribes that are ahead of the curve when it comes to climate change adaptation. For a lot of small or rural systems, we often hear that climate change is a "not now" problem, especially when there are so many "right now" challenges. 

Planning for climate change can simply start with building resiliency, an attribute that not only supports future issues but current challenges as well. Resiliency is simply the ability to promptly respond to unexpected changes and readily cope with the impacts. 

Through a
user-friendly tool and a pilot program, US EPA's Community-Based Water Resiliency initiative seeks to help water systems integrate and coordinate their efforts with community emergency preparedness and response programs. 

This video serves as a useful aid for outreach to community leaders and local government regarding use of the CBWR tool as part of new and existing efforts. A resilient water system will better be able to cope with any issues that may impact service and public health protection. 


Proper disposal of unwanted and expired prescription drugs is essential for keeping them out of water supplies. While pharmaceuticals in the environment have not been affirmatively linked with human health effects, preventing their accumulation is an important health goal at both CDC and EPA. 

You can do your part by encouraging customers to participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, coming up on October 26. The first step is to indentify the law enforcement-hosted disposal locations in your community. Then, use your normal channels of communication to spread the word to customers and encourage participation. 

This is also a great education opportunity to list additional items that should never be flushed or put down a drain! Don't be afraid to reiterate this if you've shared it before - as it not only protects human health and the environment but the functionality of your wastewater system! 

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