3/28/24 Email Update

Plan Ahead for the Solar Eclipse on April 8

On the afternoon of Monday, April 8 there will be a total solar eclipse in northern Vermont and a partial eclipse in southern Vermont. Vermont is expecting 160,000 visitors between April 5–9.

The most likely impact is increased traffic, congested roads, and traffic jams. Here’s what water and wastewater systems should be thinking about:

  • It may be difficult to drive anywhere on April 8, particularly in the afternoon. VTRANS and UVM created a traffic model to predict where the worst traffic congestion is expected. See “Traffic Modeling” on this report from VLCT.
  • Avoid non-emergency repairs and maintenance, especially along roads. VTRANS has asked that all road work be paused from April 5–9.
  • Anticipate that deliveries scheduled for April 8 may be delayed.
  • If you choose to observe the eclipse (and we hope you do!) wear ISO-certified eclipse glasses to protect your eyes. Sunglasses are not sufficient. Many towns and libraries are distributing free eclipse glasses.

See our full list of suggestions at vtruralwater.org/2024-eclipse-prep

Spring Newsletter

Our spring newsletter is out! Articles include lessons learned from last year’s flooding, new emergency response equipment, and a recent apprentice graduation—plus our spring training calendar.

Read it online here!

Webinar on Funding for Source Water Protection

The Source Water Collaborative is hosting a webinar about technical assistance available to help develop project plans and application materials to access funding for source water protection, including through the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds. The webinar is Wednesday, April 10 from 2:30 – 4 pm.

Learn more here
Register here

April Trainings

Small Systems Class 2 Water Treatment Course
April 10 to April 19 — Hybrid (Zoom & Essex)
16 TCH (Water)
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Introduction to Wastewater Microbiology and Process Control
Wed, April 10 — Zoom
5 TCH (Wastewater)
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What to Expect at a VOSHA Inspection
Thur, April 25 — Zoom
3 TCH (Water & Wastewater)
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Distribution Exam Preparation Course
Mon, April 29 — Rutland
3 TCH (Water)
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Class 3 Exam Preparation Course
Tue, April 30 — Waterbury
3 TCH (Water)
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2024 Conference & Trade Show

Thursday, May 9, 2024 • 8 am to 3 pm
Lake Morey Resort • Fairlee, VT

Sponsored by:

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