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The Virginia Section AWWA is committed to the training and education of water systems of all sizes.  We realize, however, that small systems face unique challenges.  The tools, resources, and information listed are intended to keep small systems aware of everything available to them through the Virginia Section and AWWA. 

 Training opportunities:   (unique to small systems - See a full list of training events on the right)

For all FREE 2019 Small Systems Training opportunities, visit

The following FREE webinar for small systems serving populations of 10,000 or less is made possible through a US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Grant and the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN). AWWA membership is not required; however, individuals must register for the event. 

Water Loss Auditing: Navigating AWWA's Infrastructure Leakage Index

Tuesday, January 15, 2018
1:00PM-2:00PM EST

(12:00pm-1:00pm CST, 11:00am-12:00pm MST, 10:00am-11:00am PST)

Using a software program to audit your system’s water loss has many advantages, but only if you know how to use it correctly. In this webinar, you will learn how to successfully use AWWA’s free Water Audit Software to:

  • Assess your system’s real and apparent water losses
  • Learn about different performance indicators such as the Infrastructure Leakage Index (ILI), Current Annual Real Losses (CARL), and Unavoidable Annual Real Losses (UARL)
  • Understand how to interpret the results of your audit

When used properly, these indicators can help you measure your system’s performance, plan for the future, and keep system costs down. This webinar can be helpful for system managers, owners, and operators interested in using this tool for the first time, as well as more experienced users that need help interpreting outcomes.  
Presenter:  James Markham, Research Scientist, Southwest Environmental Finance Center at the University of New

How To Manage Grants

Thursday, January 17, 2018
1:00PM-2:00PM EST

(12:00pm-1:00pm CST, 11:00am-12:00pm MST, 10:00am-11:00am PST)

So you got the grant or loan you needed for your water project. What now?
If you’re managing a small water utility, receiving a grant or loan might be the start of the biggest project you’ve ever worked on.  The decisions you make up front during the planning and design phase can have a major impact on the overall project. The time to have the most positive impact for the least expenditure is at the beginning. In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn how project components, such as the alternative selected, material type, and construction method determines the operations and maintenance activities you will need to do for the next 20 to 50 years
  • Learn how to track project activities, set and measure project milestones, and interpret outputs and outcomes so that your system can demonstrate progress to the funding agency. 

Even if you did not receive a grant yet, these activities can ensure that you are spending money in the best way possible for your water system and your community, and may help you become a more competitive applicant in the future.  Join us as we talk about what to do after you receive an award for a loan or grant for a project.
For a primer on grant applications, please see our previous Grant Writing 101 Webinar.
Presenter:  Heather Himmelberger, Director, Southwest Environmental Finance Center at the University of New

If you intend to join a webinar as a group, but would like to receive continuing education certificates, please be sure to register and attend

Who Should Attend:
Managers, owners, and operators of small water systems serving less than 10,000 people, including local government systems and tribal systems, as well as all other types of water systems, such as homeowners associations, mobile home parks, resorts/campgrounds, schools, prisons, and more.
Decision-makes for water utilities, including mayors, finance officers, utility managers, public works directors, city councilors, board members, tribal council members, and clerks.
Consultants and technical assistance proiders serving water systerms.

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