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January 21, 2014  Strategic Planning:

Do a quick check: What percentage of your time has been spent in the last three months dealing with problems or crises compared to the time you spent planning for the future? If it is 50 percent or more, you are spending too much time in a reactive mode and not enough in a proactive mode. Being proactive means dealing with issues before they become crises — in other words, planning ahead. Every water system should have a written plan consisting of four elements:

                            A series of statements representing the ideal water system that you would like                             to see five years from now — the vision for the future

                            A statement of short term (annual) goals that will enable you to reach the                                     vision

                           Strategies for achieving each of the goals

                             A timetable and assignment of responsibility for accomplishing the goals

This workshop will guide participants through the process of developing a strategic plan for their water system. Participants will learn how to keep their systems moving toward future goals rather than losing ground due to the inevitable changes in regulations and the cost of staying in compliance. Recommended audience is system managers and board members.



January 22, 2014 Board Basics: Basic Operations:

Many  small public water systems have a board of directors, and most of these directors are volunteers unfamiliar with drinking water system components. This workshop will familiarize board members and new managers with the basic workings of a public water system. Participants will learn and understand:

               Drinking water regulations

               Capacity development

               Water sources

               Water treatment facilities and water distribution systems

               Financial responsibilities