SmallWaterSupply.org is no more—it’s now simply WaterOperator.org.
“The rebranding reflects that operators of small systems are and will continue to be our target audience,” said Steve Wilson, a groundwater hydrologist at the Illinois State Water Survey and the project manager.
Originally launched in 2010, the web portal provides water and wastewater operators with easy access to the tools and resources needed to serve small communities. WaterOperator.org extends this mission by incorporating mobile-friendly features.
Visitors to the site will find a searchable database with thousands of manuals, fact sheets, presentations and other industry resources from nearly 800 state, tribal and federal agencies along with industry groups and universities. Materials cover a range of topics—from asset management to monitoring to water reuse—and are free to download.
Water and wastewater operators can also learn about upcoming trainings, workshops, webinars and more on the events calendar. All events are searchable by keyword and include links to the original source.
The WaterOperator.org blog keeps visitors up-to-date on the latest industry news. Operators can also sign up to receive regular email newsletters, including one tailored to the unique needs of tribal communities. Another newsletter focuses on the results of the Drinking Water Centers project. Led by research groups at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the project aims to help small and rural communities adopt innovative treatment technologies.
WaterOperator.org is managed by the Illinois Water Resources Center, Illinois State Water Survey and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Funding comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.
Also new in 2015*
4,017 documents, including 47 specific to tribal communities
10,249 events, including 175 tribal events
31 blog posts, 185 tweets and 239 Facebook posts
298 newsletter subscribers
*as of November
Illinois Water 2016
Photo: Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant