In our most recent newsletter, we announced that the team who runs SmallWaterSupply.org was receiving additional funding to continue this work. The next 18 months will get us back into the swing of things as well as bring several larger changes to the site. 

What's Getting Back to Normal

  • At least 700 new documents and thousands of events will be added to our databases, making sure that we're your go-to spot for the latest information.
  • Beginning soon you'll start seeing our newsletter every other week on Tuesdays. We'll continue to deliver more content from SmallWaterSupply.org and around the community directly to your inbox.
  • Also, every other month we will prepare a special edition just for tribal water systems and those who serve them.
  • Blog posts will continue and you may have noticed that we've been adding all of our featured videos as posts.
  • Our social media updates will continue, but we're planning to feature even more documents and events. 

What's Changing

  • We'll soon be upgrading the platform on which the site runs to the latest version and that will bring about a few cosmetic changes and improved speed and functionality.
  • During that upgrade we will retire our forum as that feature never quite took off. However, we would love to be more active in answering your questions via our Facebook page or in a blog posts here. You can email us at info@smallwatersupply.org anytime!
  • And finally, the big change is that our name will soon become WaterOperator.org! Over the past 5 years we've found that many have difficulty remembering our name correctly. This should be a big help.

We're committed to being the best and most up-to-date resource on the web for water operators. What this news means for you is that you'll have even more reasons to visit us often and share us with your colleagues. Any questions? Leave a comment and we'd be happy to answer. 


AWWA's Cross Connection Control Committee recently finalized two public service videos to illustrate cross connection control procedures and backflow prevention. The videos represent a knowledgeable reference to educate utilities and water professionals about the importance of proper selection and installation of backflow preventer and cross connection control devices.

Thanks to AWWA's Technical & Education Council for sharing these resources with us!


This video is a must-share! When I received the link via email, I just had to know what was inside. Watch the video for yourself to find out:

Infrastructure invisibility is an important issue and attention in popular media, such as this example, is a good step forward. 


RCAC seeks nominations for the 2014 Yoneo Ono Rural Volunteer Award. RCAC will accept nominations until April 13, 2014.

Many rural volunteers spend long, unpaid hours helping individuals and organizations in their communities. Yet, often their hard work results in requests for more assistance. Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) grants the Yoneo Ono award to reward and publicly recognize these outstanding rural volunteers.

The 2014 honoree will receive an award, a reception in his/her honor and $4,000 to donate to a charitable organization of her/his choice. RCAC hopes to encourage further rural volunteer activities by acknowledging the accomplishments of a select few. We need your help to identify an outstanding rural volunteer to receive this distinguished award.

If you know individuals who have these special qualities, and would like to see their hard work recognized, please complete the Yoneo Ono Award Nomination form by April 13, 2014. To review the nomination criteria and complete the form, visit RCAC’s website at http://www.rcac.org/yoneo-ono-call-for-nominations.

The award is the namesake of Yoneo Ono, one of RCAC’s founding fathers. During his lifetime, Ono worked tirelessly for rural development. For his lifelong commitment, RCAC honored Ono with an award when he retired from the RCACboard in 1984. Since then, the RCAC Board of Directors has presented the award to 28 other outstanding volunteers from 12 western states that also have made immense contributions to rural development. To read about past awardees, visit RCAC’s website at: http://www.rcac.org/yoneo-ono-awardees.

Founded in 1978, RCAC provides a wide range of community development services for rural and Native American communities, and community-based organizations in 13 Western states. RCAC has strong core services and expertise in housing, environmental infrastructure (water, wastewater and solid waste), leadership training, economic development and financing.

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