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Fill Up Your Today! BY ADRIENNE O. HARRIS, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST, EPA OGWDW – PROTECTION BRANCH MANY SMALL SYSTEMS consistently provide safe, reliable drinking water to their customers. However, it is not a secret that many small systems do face a number of challenges. Given their small customer base, financial management and strategic planning continue to be reoccurring obstacles for small systems. As a result, many small systems continue to face day-to-day challenges with system management. The Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) was developed to help make a difference and bridge the growing financial gap faced by small drinking water and wastewater systems as they repair and replace our nation’s aging water infrastructure. How can CUPSS help? CUPSS is a free, easy to use asset management tool that helps small systems maintain a list of their assets, schedule required operational and maintenance tasks and help them understand their financial situation. CUPSS: Asset Management Tool for Small Systems CUPSS was developed to assist small facility operators and managers, as well as organizations that provide direct technical assistance to these small systems, develop system asset management plans. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed CUPSS with the help of a workgroup that included representatives from state agencies, technical assistance organizations and small wastewater and drinking water systems. With this collaborative approach, we were able to develop a comprehensive application that provides all the tools required to implement an asset management program and develop effective asset management plans. EPA released the first version of CUPSS in April 2008. In February 2010, the third CUPSS update, CUPSS 1.3.5, was released. First Quarter 2011 • 29

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2011

Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2011
From the President
Engineering Contracts 101
Design-Build is New and Different, But it Works
A New Angle: Environmentally Friendy Angle Well Construction
This Ain't Business...It's Just Personal
Fill Up Your CUPSS Today!
Regulatory Update
A Joint Letter to NRWA and AWWA Memberships
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2011