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MRWA's Hands on Water
O&M Training in 2013.
of the Year:
THE MINNESOTA RURAL Water Association was awarded the State
Association of the Year at the NRWA Awards Dinner in October 2013.
MRWA was incorporated in 1978 and has provided training and
technical assistance across Minnesota for the past 36 years. State
Association of the Year recognizes state affiliates for their overall
association success with training, technical assistance, legislative and
collaboration with state and federal agencies.
MRWA has a great sense of family.
The longevity of their employees reflects
their expertise and dedication to helping small systems succeed while local
government aid and financial support
for systems is fading. Currently, MRWA
has 17 staff members who collectively
have provided 225 years of service to the
association. Three of these individuals
have over 20 years with the association.
Additionally, these employees have hundreds of years of combined expertise in
the water, wastewater, source water and
city administration field.
Training is one of the main reasons
that MRWA exists - to provide classroom and on-site training to water and
wastewater systems and governing personnel on the most up-to-date methods
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of efficient operations and management
techniques. They offer management and
specialized training to operators, managers, board members, decision makers,
councils, government personnel, administrators, private businesses, mobile home
park owners and other interested personnel. They also host the largest water
and wastewater technical conference in
the state, the only specialized handson water and/or wastewater treatment
training of its kind, and an emergency
response trailer for on-site training, from
hands-on line tracing, engineering for
non-engineers, rate setting, to cross connection and backflow prevention.
MRWA's water and wastewater certified operators/technicians/trainers travel
the entire state, day-in and day-out, to
Dye testing in Lewisville in 2013.
provide immediate on-site, hands-on
technical assistance and emergency
response to small systems.
MRWA's Circuit Rider Program is the
foundation of the association. Circuit riders work directly with rural development
state engineers to field questions pertaining to water and wastewater treatment
facilities. Assistance may be in the form
of reviewing the design of a water or
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2014
From the President
A Paperless Option
Board Orientation Has Multiple Benefits
The Nrwa Revolving Loan Fund
Rural Water Rally 2014
State Association of the Year
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/ advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2014