CalTAP Fair: Building a Resilient Water Future 091423
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Event Date & Time

9/14/2023 8:00 AM - 9/14/2023 4:00 PM


Red Lion Hotel Redding
1830 Hilltop Drive
Sierra room
Redding, California 96002

Thank you for your interest in this training. Unfortunately, we have closed registration because either the deadline has passed or there are capacity limitations.  Please see our trainings list for other available trainings.


CalTAP Fair: Building a Resilient Water Future



You can receive up to 6 California Drinking Water Contact Hours awarded

Contact hours have been approved for the Registered Environmental Health Specialist Program.

Certificates will be awarded.


Date & Time:

The CalTAP Fair: Building a Resilient Water Future event will be held on the following dates and times:

September 14 | 8:00AM | Registration opens

September 14 | 8:30AM-10:30AM  | Welcome & CalTAP Fair Presentations

September 14 |10:30AM-12:00PM | Regulations Update

September 14 |12:00PM-1:00PM   | Lunch - on your own

September 14 |  1:00PM-2:20PM   | Technical Track - Nitrate Treatment

September 14 |  1:00PM-2:20PM   | Managerial Track - Water Shortage Contingency Plan

September 14 |  1:00PM-2:20PM   | Combined Track - Capital Improvement Planning

September 14 |  2:40PM-4:00PM   | Technical Track - Groundwater Well Monitoring

September 14 |  2:40PM-4:00PM   | Managerial Track - Managing the New Lead & Cooper Rule

September 14 |  2:40PM-4:00PM   | Combined Track - Funding Your CIP


This training is being held in Pacific Standard Time.


Join us and learn about the California Technical Assistance Providers (CalTAP) programs, funded by California State Water Resources Control Board.


These programs provide onsite technical assistance and free workshops, as well as many other resources, for water professionals throughout California. 


1:00PM - 2:20PM | Technical Track | Nitrate Treatment

Nitrates are the most common chemical contaminant in groundwater aquifers worldwide. In 1980, nine drinking water wells in California had unsafe levels of nitrates. By 2007, this acute contamination had spread to more than 648 wells. Nitrates continue to impact the health of California residents and the problem is only getting worse. This breakout session will help you make informed decisions about mitigating this contaminant.

Participants will learn:

·        What nitrates are

·        How nitrates get into drinking water

·        The acute health effects of nitrate exposure

·        How to achieve compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act requirements for nitrates

·        An overview of the most used nitrate treatment technologies

·        Practical considerations when choosing a nitrate treatment system


The recommended audience includes operators, managers, and board members that have an interest in providing nitrate-safe water to their customers.


1:00PM - 2:20PM | Managerial Track | Water Shortage Contingency Plan

It is the responsibility of public water systems to provide safe and aesthetically pleasing water to their customers. What would you do if you ran low or out of water? The short answer is, “it depends”. It depends on the water system, the resources available and the proximity to other resources.


This interactive workshop will be a series of exercises for water system purveyors to discuss possible options for public water systems to have a contingency plan for water shortages or water outages.

Participants will discuss:

·        The possibility of developing new water sources

·        The likelihood of an intertie with neighboring water systems

·        The possibility for short-term connection to non-potable water sources

·        How to plan for water haulers and storage tank purchase or rental

·        Large scale bottle water provision


This presentation is designed for board Members, decision makers, managers, and operators. 


1:00PM - 2:20PM | Combined Track | Capital Improvement Planning

Capital Improvement Planning is essential for the management of water systems, regardless of their size. Operators' roles in asset management significantly influences the financial performance and sustainability of the systems. Collaborating with boards and managers, proper planning can prevent emergencies and reduce costs.


A Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) prioritizes infrastructure asset replacement or installation, forecasting and budgeting for capital outlay. It is a crucial part of budgeting, rate-setting, and project funding.

Participants will learn:

·        What a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is and why a water system needs one

·        Eight key elements in Capital Improvement Planning

·        Setting project priority

The recommended audience includes board members, managers, operators, and financial managers. 

2:40PM - 4:00PM | Technical Track | Groundwater Well Monitoring

How is your well performing? Do you know how close your well is to running dry in summer months? How do you monitor your groundwater well to be able to answer these questions and comply with the new Drought & Conservation Reporting?

Participants will learn:

·        Importance of measuring production groundwater levels

·        Tools and techniques for measuring static and pumping water level

·        Resources to help you manage and operate your system during a drought


The recommended audience includes operators, management, REHS, or any water industry professional who wants a better understanding of the new Drought & Conservation Reporting brought on by SB552 - Drought Planning for Small Water Suppliers and Rural Communities.


2:40PM - 4:00PM | Managerial Track | Managing the New Lead & Copper Rule

EPA’s new Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) strengthen every aspect of the original LCR to better protect communities and children in elementary schools and childcare facilities from the impacts of lead exposure.


There is no safe level of lead exposure. In drinking water, the primary source of lead is from pipes, presenting a risk to the health of children and adults alike.


Under the new LCCR, water systems are working to meet new compliance levels. 

Participants will learn more about these new areas of focus, including:

·        Improving lead sampling and corrosion control

·        Expanding public education and customer outreach

·        Starting lead testing in schools and childcare facilities

·        Creating a comprehensive, public inventory of lead service lines

·        Initiating more lead service line replacements


The workshop is recommended for operators, managers, and board members.


2:40PM - 4:00PM | Combined Track | Funding Your CIP

One of the most challenging parts of managing a water system is funding your infrastructure projects, and if you really want to make everyone happy it would be in the form of a grant. From the description of your project to the type of water system you manage, number of vacation homes you serve, to what your service fees are, are all considered when it comes to funding a project. I have 30 years of experience working with the State and Federal funding agencies and want to share it all with you. As funders look at long-term planning, a system with a developed asset management plan rises to the top of many lists. An important part of the process is to identify funding opportunities.


This workshop will help you to understand where to look for the best funding opportunities, tools to help you determine your system and projects eligibility for funding, and what resources are available to assist your system with the application process.

Participants will learn how to:

·        Prepare your system prior to funding

·        Obtain the best funding opportunities

·        Use resources available to help you determine funding eligibility

·        Look through the lens of the funding agencies

·        Find help getting through the process


The recommended audience includes system operators, managers, and board members. 




This training will be hosted at the following address:

Red Lion Hotel Redding

1830 Hilltop Drive

Sierra room

Redding, California 96002

(530) 221-8700

Complimentary parking

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Scholarship & Fees:

CalTAP Fair: Building a Resilient Water Future is a free event to attend.



During the registration process, you will be asked to select the breakout session(s) you would like to attend. Please see above for descriptions of each session. Space for breakout sessions is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the training.



COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines

Welcome Back to onsite trainings! Masks are optional for our attendees, although our staff and trainers will continue to wear them for your safety.


RCAC is continually monitoring COVID-19, Center for Disease Control updates and local public health department for recommendations.

For event content questions, contact
Michael Boyd
(308) 641-2807


For registration questions, contact:
RCAC Events
(916) 447-9832 ext. 1429

The CalTAP providers are:

·        California State Water Resources ·         Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)

·        California Rural Water Association ·         Self-Help Enterprises

·        U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

·        Office of Water Programs, California State University Sacramento