ASDWA’s News Blogs provide real-time information updates to those interested in various areas of drinking water. When an article is posted to a news blog by ASDWA staff, subscribers are alerted to the new materials via RSS or email notification. Subscribers who elect to receive email notifications can chose the frequency of those updates – they can immediately receive notifications of every article posted, they can receive a daily email summary of the articles posted that day, or they can sign up for a weekly “digest” email that will summarize the articles that were posted that week. All of the articles that are posted are automatically archived within the news blog [chronologically] and are searchable by keyword.
To subscribe to an ASDWA News Blog, visit any of the sites below by clicking the new blog’s title and look for the “Follow by Email” section in the right sidebar. After you submit your email address to the system, you will receive a confirmation email to validate your subscription. Once your subscription is validated, you will begin receiving notifications based on your preferences.
ASDWA’s Security Notes blog provides up-to-the minute information on topics of interest to state drinking water security programs. Information from EPA and DHS as well as key information about security legislation, and updates provided by Water Sector partners and workgroups are all included. With more than 420 posts to date that can be sorted by subject or date, Security Notes also includes RSS feeds to other security-related webpages of interest.
CapCertConnections is a blog which features information on topics of interest to state drinking water program staff engaged in efforts related to small systems – particularly capacity development and operator certification. Open to all subscribers at no cost, CapCertConnections includes updates on projects and workgroups, reminders for upcoming meetings, events and training opportunities, and links to other small system newsletters and information sources. With nearly 400 posts to date, archived articles are also available by month and searchable by topic.
The AWOP News blog is designed to share information about the Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP). Blog postings highlight individual state experiences with AWOP, the regional training and strategic planning meetings, the different components of the program, and existing and newly developed tools and approaches for optimization. Members of the AWOP community and anyone with an interest in optimization may subscribe to the AWOP News blog with no charge. Interested readers may access the latest AWOP News articles through ASDWA’s AWOP webpage and also review the content of past editions in the AWOP News archive.
ASDWA’s Source Water News blog is designed to improve outreach and information sharing for state staff engaged in source water protection and sustainability, climate change, state cross-program coordination, and nutrient pollution related efforts. This blog format is our principal communication vehicle for sharing news and other information of interest with state source water contacts and drinking water program staff.
In cooperation with EPA, ASDWA hosts the SDWIS Prime Update blog which contains articles about SDWIS Prime development, planning for transition to Prime, availability of Prime modules for review and testing, as well as other topics of interest to the state and EPA data management community. Readers may access the latest articles through the SDWIS Prime community page on the ASDWA website and subscribe to the blog for immediate access to all content and the archive of past material.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds offer a unique alternative for individuals looking to stay in-the-know, without the Inbox clutter that is traditionally associated with email-based subscriptions. If you find yourself growing increasingly frustrated with every new web subscription adding more email to your Inbox, potentially burying important communications, then RSS was designed for you…and worth a few minutes of your time to learn how to take advantage of it.
Put simply, RSS feeds capture information on webpages and deliver it to “RSS readers” or “RSS aggregators”, allowing an individual to consume information from a variety of sources without the need to visit multiple websites. RSS readers collect information [articles, updated information, etc] from any web-syndicated feed you’re subscribed to; giving you a centralized location with all of your updates. Now, you can read the news when you have time – maybe after you’ve dealt with all of those important communications in your Inbox.
Looking for a good reader? Feedly is an example of a web-based RSS reader. For mobile users, Flipboard is a popular RSS option – highly recommended! Some email clients have RSS readers built-in, like MS Outlook, to keep your feed updates and inbox communications separate, but accessible via a common interface. You may also find RSS readers available as add-ons, or built-in, modern web-browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer v.9+.
Want to learn more? Wordpress has assembled an excellent support article on RSS: http://en.support.wordpress.com/feeds/. Alternatively, you might want to read this Wikipedia entry for a more technical look at RSS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS
As always, feel free to contact ASDWA for additional information and assistance.
Need Help with an ASDWA News Blog?
A Help and FAQs section is accessible via any of ASDWA’s news blogs that includes general information and links to helpful resources. ASDWA also maintains this information at www.asdwa.org/BlogHelp. Alternatively, you can visit Wordpress.com’s Supportsection to find answers to more general usage questions.