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March 13, 2020

Spring Tech POSTPONED, other events continue

Due to travel restrictions with some of the Spring Tech presenters, the training planned for Rolla on March 18 and in Marshall on March 19 has been postponed. MPUA apologizes for any inconveniences this causes. We are working with the presenters to find a time in June to hold what will now be Summer Tech. For those that have registered for Spring Tech, an email will be sent to you with more details.

As of March 13, MPUA has not canceled any of our other events, like Apprentice Lineworker testing. We will continue to monitor the coronavirus disease’s (COVID-19) impact throughout our region and will let you know of any cancelations of our activities. If your utility decides to restrict travel, we fully support your utility’s actions, just let us know if you can’t make it to any of our upcoming events.

We urge you to review emergency plans especially when it comes to staffing and supplies to ensure reliable service during this COVID-19 event. Please coordinate readiness efforts with your local health department and emergency management office.

Remember the MPUA Mutual Aid program was established to help utilities with staffing needs. If your utility is not signed up for the program, more information can be found on our website.

A few COVID-19 industry resources are In the article immediately below.
CALENDAR - full calendar

SPRING TECH is POSTPONED

4/14 - 10am | MAMU Legislative Committee mtg (315 Governor Office Bldg)
4/14 & 4/15 | Infrastructure Disaster Management Certification (Drury Plaza Hotel Columbia East)
4/15 - 10am | Municipal Gas Commision of Missouri (MGCM) meeting
This Issue
Spring Tech POSTPONED, other events continue

Coronavirus & COVID-19: Utility Resources

Celebrate “Fix a Leak Week”, March 16-22

Missouri Public Water Council: Asset Management Questionnaire

Infrastructure Disaster Management Certification training is April 14 & 15

VW Trust Settlement funding: Apply through March 31

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CORONAVIRUS AND COVID-19: UTILITY RESOURCES

Here is a compilation of some links to some of the best online resources targeted to utilities and to other employers on the coronavirus outbreak, plus the most authoritative sources of public health information.

Utility and business-related resources:
Public Health - primary information
For these RESOURCE LINKS and any updates to them -
READ MORE HERE (MPUA Web)

NEXT WEEK: Celebrate “Fix a Leak Week”, March 16-22

It’s not too late for utilities to make some small local observation or customer communication about Fix A Leak Week, set for next week, March 16-22.  Observed in March each year, Fix A Leak Week encourages Americans to play a role in decreasing water waste by checking fixtures and making water-conscious decisions. Household leaks like dripping faucets and leaking toilet tanks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide.  Remind your customers that they can find and fix leaks inside or outside the home to save valuable water and money all year long. If your utility/city uses social media, you can join the national conversation about how to find and fix water leaks by using the hashtag #FixALeak on Twitter and Facebook. For a variety of Fix a Leak Week information and activities, visit the webpage of the EPA's WaterSense Program.

Missouri Public Water Council: Asset Management Questionnaire

Early this week MPUA emailed an Asset Management Questionnaire to Missouri Public Water Council (MPWC) participants. The questionnaire will help inform  development of a Collection System Asset Management Toolkit. The MPUA Resource Services Corporation has teamed up with HDR to create the toolkit, which will provide communities with readily available guidance and templates the community can use to develop and launch an asset management plan. If you received a questionnaire, please complete and return it by Friday March 27 by email to HDR’s David Carani, and copy MPUA’s Lacey Hirschvogel.

Infrastructure Disaster Management Certification training is April 14 & 15

Originally scheduled in December, this FREE two-day training event was postponed due to inclement weather.  It has been rescheduled to April 14 and 15, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, in Columbia at the Drury Plaza Hotel Columbia East, 3100 Interstate 70 Drive Southeast.

There will be two concurrent sessions, MGT-345 for electric systems and MGT-343 for water/wastewater. For each two-day course, participants will cover which threats to look out for, mitigating the threats, responding to disasters, and disaster recovery.

The new registration deadline is Wednesday, April 1 by 5 pm. The training is coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and Texas A&M, so registration must be handled through them. || *NOTE: MPUA has handled the registration for those who signed up for the December class. If you weren’t signed up for the December class, you must follow the two-step Texas A&M registration process. If you have any questions about the training or have problems registering, contact MPUA at training@mpua.org.

VW Trust Settlement funding: Apply through March 31

A portion of Missouri’s share of the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Settlement funds are being used to fund vehicles with lower emissions. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for repowering or replacing qualifying government owned heavy-duty diesel trucks through March 31, 2020 at 5 p.m. Government applicants who own 1992-2009 engine model year diesel vehicles (trucks) are eligible to receive up to 75% of the cost of a new engine, or 50% of the cost of a new vehicle. Non-government applicants may apply for up to 40% of the cost of a new engine, or 25% of a new vehicle. There are also Volkswagen (VW) Trust funding opportunities during this same timeframe for replacement of school buses, replacement or repowering of transit and shuttle buses, locomotive and marine projects, and airport and cargo equipment. See Implementation Guidelines for each project category for more details. Awarded applicants must permanently disable the old vehicle or engine. Visit the Volkswagen Trust Funds webpage for details and application materials. If you have questions, email DNR at MOVWTeam@dnr.mo.gov
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