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The Virginia Section AWWA is committed to the training and education of water systems of all sizes.  We realize, however, that small systems face unique challenges.  The tools, resources, and information listed are intended to keep small systems aware of everything available to them through the Virginia Section and AWWA. 

 Training opportunities:   (unique to small systems - See a full list of training events on the right)

For all FREE 2019 Small Systems Training opportunities, visit

The following FREE webinar for small systems serving populations of 10,000 or less is made possible through a US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Grant and the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN). AWWA membership is not required; however, individuals must register for the event. 




Ask the Expert: Developing the Water Workforce

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
2:00PM-3:00PM EST

(1:00pm-2:00pm CST, 12:00pm-1:00pm MST, 11:00am-12:00pm PST)
Register Online


How do you recruit new employees? What does succession planning mean for small water systems? This 1-hour webinar will include a brief overview of several of the major components of workforce planning, and will focus the remaining time on a facilitated discussion of participant questions with two subject matter experts.

Presenters: Khris Dodson, Associate Director, Syracuse Environmental Finance Center; Tonya Bronleewe, Program Manager, Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center 

How to Start Your Needed Infrastructure Project

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
2:00PM-3:00PM EST

(1:00pm-2:00pm CST, 12:00pm-1:00pm MST, 11:00am-12:00pm PST)
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Infrastructure upgrades and improvements are a necessary part of operating a small water or wastewater system, but they can often be difficult to get started. In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn where to look for sources of infrastructure funding, including USDA Rural Development programs and State Revolving Fund programs
  • Learn how to assemble and select a team of professionals
  • Learn about the services and contributions of financial, legal, and technical project partners
  • Get a better understanding of the Quality-Based Selection process for technical engineering services
  • Learn about the services the Engineer will provide during the preliminary, design, and construction phases of the project

Presenter: John A. Sullivan, PE, Sr. Research Engineer at Great Lakes Environmental Infrastructure Center, Michigan Technological University


If you intend to join a webinar as a group, but would like to receive continuing education certificates, please be sure to register and attend

Who Should Attend:
Managers, owners, and operators of small water systems serving less than 10,000 people, including local government systems and tribal systems, as well as all other types of water systems, such as homeowners associations, mobile home parks, resorts/campgrounds, schools, prisons, and more.
Decision-makes for water utilities, including mayors, finance officers, utility managers, public works directors, city councilors, board members, tribal council members, and clerks.
Consultants and technical assistance proiders serving water systerms.

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