9/27/23 Email Update

Reminder: Public Hearings on Proposed Changes to Water Supply Rule

The public hearings on the proposed revisions to the Vermont Water Supply Rule are tonight and tomorrow. The most significant proposed change would be that many water systems would now be required to have a certified distribution operator (Class D) as well as a certified water treatment operator (Class 2, 3, or 4). Click here to see the proposed revisions.

The public hearings are:

Wednesday, September 27 at 5 pm

  • In-person at Agency of Natural Resources, Catamount Conference Room (1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier, VT)
  • Virtual on Microsoft Teams (no registration required, click here to join meeting)

Thursday, September 28 at 10 am

You can also submit comments in writing by October 5 to Ben Montross at ben.montross@vermont.gov or
    Ben Montross
    Agency of Natural Resources
    1 National Life Drive – Davis 4
    Montpelier, VT 05620

Weekly Flood Recovery Webinars

The Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) is holding weekly meetings with Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) to continue to provide information on flood recovery.

The meetings are every Tuesday at 1 pm on Microsoft Teams. 

Find more information and the meeting link at https://www.vlct.org/resource/flood-recovery-weekly-meeting-vem

As a reminder, Requests for Public Assistance must be submitted by Thursday, October 12 for those seeking funding from FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. Find information specific to water/wastewater systems at https://vtruralwater.org/fema-pa/ 

Free Cybersecurity Scanning Service

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has a new program that provides free vulnerability scanning to water and wastewater systems. It can automatically scan your system for cybersecurity vulnerabilities and send you a weekly report. See the fact sheet for more information. 

To enroll, email vulnerability@cisa.dhs.gov with the subject line “Requesting Vulnerability Scanning Services.”

October Trainings

The class pages on our website may look a little different, but the registration process hasn’t changed significantly. If you have questions, email info@vtruralwater.org or call 802-660-4988.

Busting Gender Bias
Tue, Oct 10 — Essex — 3 TCH (Water & Wastewater)
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Small Systems Water Treatment Course: Class 2

Oct 12, 13, 17 & 20 — Hybrid (Zoom & Essex) — 16 TCH (Water)
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Wastewater Operator’s Guide to NPDES Permits and Facility InspectionsThur, Oct 19 — Waterbury — 3 TCH (Wastewater)
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Recruiting and Retention for Gender EquityTue, Oct 24 — Essex — 2 TCH (Water & Wastewater)
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Class 3 & 4 Exam Preparation CourseTue, Oct 31 — Hybrid (Zoom & Essex) — 4 TCH (Water)
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