Last month the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at UNC - Chapel Hill hosted a webinar on designing appropriate rate structures for small water systems.

The training was designed for financial decision makers and described the different elements of water rate structures and when it is appropriate to favor certain elements or rate structure designs over others based on the unique characteristics and objectives of water systems.

The webinar was recorded and can be found below. You may also want to visit the EFC website for additional, helpful guidance materials on rate setting for small systems.


Fall has technically just arrived, but planning for winter should already be on the radar of small communities who experience freezing temperatures. While salt application broadly causes minimal environmental impact, runoff from a storage facility can be problematic.

The Ohio EPA has a detailed guidance as well as a factsheet on salt storage with water supply protection in mind. While this guidance is most helpful for communities developing new storage facilities, it is also incredibly useful for checking for potential issues and developing best practices for salt handling. 

If you have any additional tips, we'd love for you to share in a comment! 


Do you have a source water protection plan? Whether you do or it's a to-do, it is helpful to understand the how and why of protecting your water supply.

This video from USGS and accompanying materials uses four examples with very different aquifer-well combinations to illustrate why some water supply wells are more vulnerable to contaminants than others. It serves as a helpful reminder than source water protection activities are not one-size-fits-all. 


The USEPA has released a new video that showcases WARNs in action. A WARN is a Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network, or a network of utilities helping utilities, that helps facilitate emergency aid and assistance in the form of personnel, equipment, and other associated services. This video presents the types of events in which WARNs can be utilized and discusses in detail one specific WARN response. The video emphasizes that, despite the type of emergency event, WARN coordination with response partners is crucial to a successful response.

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