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July 23 2020

Register NOW for the 2020 MPUA Annual Conference! (Sep. 30 - Oct 2 at St. Charles Convention Center)

The MPUA Annual Conference helps you get the tools you need to weather challenges and position your utility for future success. Please get your registrations in SOON for this year’s Sept. 30 – Oct 2 conference at the St. Charles Convention Center.  Whether it is how to lead, plan for future regulations, or embrace technology, our conference speakers will cover it. The MPUA conference is also a great way to connect with your industry peers consultants, engineers and equipment providers, plus plenty of professional fellowship and fun. At this time, we are still planning on having an in-person conference with enhanced health safety measures. We have arranged for extra space at the convention center to allow for proper COVID social distancing, and safe ways to serve food.  - READ MORE INFO and register!
CALENDAR - full calendar
7/24 - 3pm | MPUA SPP RTO Committee Conf-call
8/4 - 9:30am | MJMEUC Exec-Committee Conf-call mtg
8/5 -10am | Missouri Public Water Council Roundtable & Workshop (Virtual Meeting)
8/13 - 9am | MPUA MISO RTO Committee Conf-call

8/13 - 1pm | MoPEP Committee mtg (Drury Plaza Hotel Columbia East)
8/14 - 3pm | MPUA SPP RTO Committee Conf-call
8/20 - 8/21 | Joint Operating Committee/Executive Committee Budget Meetings (Broadway Hotel, Columbia)
9/7 | MPUA office closed (Labor Day holiday)

In This Issue
REGISTER NOW!: MPUA 2020 Annual Conference

Aug. 5:  Water Council "Virtual Meeting"

Alliance Awards 2020 - Call For Nominations

APPA survey on COVID-19 financial impacts

AWIA TOOLKIT: help on risk/resiliency & emergency response plans

Hometown Connections: Public Power Cybersecurity Management Program

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Aug. 5: Missouri Public Water Council will meet "virtually"

The Aug. 5 meeting and roundtable of MPUA's Missouri Public Water Council (MPWC) has been changed to a "Virtual Meeting" using the GoToMeeting platform. Participants may also join by phone. (This meeting was previously scheduled for Cameron, MO.)  The roundtable will feature presentations on "Maintaining Drinking Water Quality within the Distribution System"  and on "Risk and Resiliency Assessments & Emergency Response Plans". MPUA will also present a regulatory update. Our MPWC roundtable discussions provide water and wastewater professionals a great forum for lively discussions on current projects, goals, and topics of interest. As always, the MPWC meetings are a FREE EVENT for MPUA municipal members. We're working with DNR to obtain OpCert credits for this event. A meeting agenda is HERE. Please RSVP to, and contact MPUA's Lacey Hirschvogel for meeting login and call-in info.

LAST CHANCE: Please nominate someone for 2020 Alliance Awards

Every utility has outstanding public servants. Whether it is a long-term employee or a rising star, it’s time to recognize their dedication!  Nominations are sought for MPUA’s 2020 Alliance Awards, to be presented at this year’s annual conference. The awards honor outstanding achievements, vision and dedication to municipal utilities by individuals and member utilities within the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. Please nominate a deserving individual or municipal utility for one of the awards before the August 3 deadline. Award descriptions and a nomination form are included in our CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FORM. Please email completed nomination forms to, or fax them to 573-445-0680.

APPA survey seeks information from members related to COVID-19 financial impacts

The American Public Power Association is conducting a very short survey of members to determine the continuing financial impacts of COVID-19 on customer non-payments. This APPA survey is a follow-up to a longer survey conducted in May that requested information on load decline, reserve policies, and costumer non-payment. Take part in the survey HERE

AWIA TOOLKIT: Assistance to public water systems for AWIA Risk & Resiliency Assessments and Emergency Response Plans

America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requires public water systems serving populations of 3,300 to 50,000 to conduct a Risk and Resiliency assessment and submit a completed certification to EPA by June 30, 2021. Six months after submittal, an Emergency Response Plan must be submitted.

The Missouri Public Water Council is offering a toolkit to guide communities through the process of requirement compliance. The toolkit, currently in development, will provide communities easy-to-follow resources to allow for a ready-to-go EPA certification submittal. The toolkit will be available  to subscribers by or before Dec. 31, 2020, providing communities time to complete the assessment before the June 30 federal deadline. The toolkit will include an in-depth approach to understanding the resiliency of your systems, including Missouri specific assistance, Emergency Response Plan tools, in-person (or virtual) workshops, and question & answer sessions.

The MPUA Resource Services Corporation is contracting with HDR, Inc. for toolkit support. See our toolkit flyer HERE, and to take advantage of this low-cost compliance toolkit or for more information, email MPUA’s Lacey Hirschvogel, or call 573-445-3279.

Hometown Connections: Cybersecurity Management Program

To meet the the needs  of utitlties for cybersecurity solutions that are comprehensive and cost effective, Hometown Connections, Inc. has launched a Cybersecurity Management Program for municipal electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities and other city departments. Hometown Connections is helping community-owned organizations across the US evaluate their cybersecurity requirements, develop plans for cyber risk management, and deploy effective cybersecurity defenses that include ongoing monitoring, training, remediation, and maintenance services. To find out more, visit  HCI’s website or email them at
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