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Plan Ahead for Emergencies

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TOPICS:
   
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Protecting Source Water

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The Importance of Planning and Management for Small Systems

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Addressing Aging Infrastructure
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Being Ready for Emergencies

2 - THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT FOR SMALL SYSTEMS

Planning Ahead Improves Water and Wastewater Service [word file]
NESC and Rural Community Assistance Partnership
This free Water We Drink article may be reprinted in local newspapers, newsletters, or other media. It explains the importance of understanding your system's financial condition and planning ahead--two key strategies that can help you implement practices that protect your water sources, keep your water and wastewater systems running efficiently and in good repair, and protect the public health.

The Big Guide for Small Systems: A Resource for Board Members
Rural Community Assistance Partnership
This 168-page publication provides an orientation to the roles and responsibilities of water system board members. It is designed for both new and experienced governing board members, and covers water and wastewater treatment basics, regulatory responsibilities, board business, and financial duties and responsibilities.

Strategic Planning: A Handbook for Small Water Systems--
One of the Simple Tools for Effective Performance (STEP) Guide Series

US EPA
This 27-page handbook is designed to help owners and operators of small water systems learn the benefits and process for developing a strategic plan. Strategic planning can help address expected and unforeseen problems so that your system can succeed in a changing environment.

Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS)
US EPA
This easy-to-use asset management software tool for small drinking water and wastewater utilities helps management personnel ensure their systems are in the best financial condition they can be. Asset management is a planning process for ensuring that you get the most value from your system's assets and have the financial resources available to repair and replace those assets when necessary.

Asset Management: A Handbook for Small Water Systems--
One of the Simple Tools for Effective Performance (STEP) Guide Series

US EPA
This 48-page handbook presents basic concepts of asset management and provides worksheets for developing an asset management plan. Asset management is a planning process for helping to get the most value from your system's assets and having the financial resources available to repair and replace those assets when necessary.