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CUPSS Users

The following publications and workbooks are provided to help guide you through your CUPSS experience.

  • Getting Started with CUPSS Workbook
    This workbook gives a basic introduction of how to prepare to use CUPSS and implement asset management, including checklists of people to talk to and materials to gather. The purpose is to help users become comfortable with the basic concepts and the types of information they will be required to enter, before loading the program.
  • CUPSS User’s Guide
    The user’s guide is the companion document to the CUPSS application. It introduces asset management through a step-by-step approach, using CUPSS as the foundation; provides exercises to build understanding of concepts; and provides detailed information on how to use the CUPSS software.
  • “CUPSS and Us” Promotional Presentation – for Decision Makers
    The audience for this presentation is local decision makers. It highlights the benefits of getting started in asset management using CUPSS, key features of the tool itself, and describes the support EPA and its partners will make available to users.

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CUPSS Trainers

  • NewCUPSS Trainers Directory (last updated: October 2014) This directory shows the trainers that have completed the CUPSS Train-the-Trainer webinar series and received a CUPSS Certificate of Completion. This list will be updated after each webinar series.
  • “Getting Ready for CUPSS” Presentation – for Trainers
    This 90-minute pesentation is based on the “Getting Ready for CUPSS” workbook and the “Trainer’s Workbook.” It provides trainers with the skills and information needed to support communities as they prepare and begin to use CUPSS.
  • Trainer's Guide
    This guide is for potential CUPSS trainers. It is designed to:
    • Educate trainers on possible marketing strategies and techniques to use to gain buy-in from decision makers and stakeholders on the adoption of CUPSS.
    • Provide examples, training and case studies of successful asset management implementation.
    • Educate trainers on the key features and benefits of CUPSS to potential users.
    • Walk trainers through the various activities to conduct during training.
  • “CUPSS and Us” Promotional Presentation – for Decision Makers
    The audience for this presentation is local decision makers. It highlights the benefits of getting started in asset management using CUPSS, key features of the tool itself, and describes the support EPA and its partners will make available to users.

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EPA Resources

  • Asset Management: A Best Practices Guide
    This guide will help you understand what asset management means, the benefits of asset management, best practices in asset management and how to implement an asset management plan. It is intended for owners, managers and operators of public water systems; local officials; technical assistance providers; and state personnel.

  • Asset Management for Local Officials
    This guide will help you understand the basics of asset management for local officials and local officials’ vital role in successfully implementing an asset management program. It is intended for local officials who are directly or indirectly involved in decisions affecting public water systems.

  • Building an Asset Management Team
    This guide will help you understand how forming and having a team can help your system successfully implement asset management and the components of a successful asset management team. It is intended for local officials, owners and operators of public water systems, technical assistance providers, and state personnel.

  • Record Keeping Rules: A Quick Reference Guide
    This guide will provide you with more information on what records you are required to keep, the types of system information and additional records you should keep, how long this information should be retained to maintain a comprehensive history of your Public Water System (PWS), the benefits of record keeping and how to keep your records secure.

  • Setting Small Drinking Water System Rates for a Sustainable Future - STEP Guide Series
    This guide is designed to help owners, operators and managers of community water systems (CWSs) serving 3,300 or fewer persons understand the full costs of providing a safe and adequate supply of drinking water to their customers and how to set water rates that reflect those costs. Small publicly or privately owned entities whose primary business is providing drinking water will find this guide useful.

  • Preventive Maintenance Card File for Small Public Water Systems Using Ground Water (log cards)
    These log cards, along with the accompanying guidance notes booklet, provide a schedule of routine operation and maintenance tasks for small ground water systems. The cards and booklet will help you develop a preventive maintenance program for your system.

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