Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2014 - (Page 50)
From the CEO
WILL ROGERS, ONE of Oklahoma's most famous native
sons, once offered the simplest formula for success.
"If you want to be successful, it's just this simple: Know what you
are doing, love what you are doing, and believe in what you are doing."
This quote defines the people in the water and wastewater industry, especially those who make up and govern your state and national
associations. The key word in the above title is "your." Associations are
governed by their members and the dedicated people the membership
elects to be their representative as a board member.
Success in associations is achieved by a large membership doing
small things; their efforts combining to create a result greater than
any one individual could hope to achieve. This is never truer than in
representing our industry in the legislative and regulatory process.
Often, the Congress and agencies need to be
reminded that rural and small community
We, as state and national
systems represent 92 percent of our nation's
public water supplies (92 percent serve less
associations, are only successful
than 10,000 population and 60 percent of
because of you: the individuals
these are 150 connections or less). They have
to be reminded that these rural and small sysrepresenting the 30,000 plus
tems are the infrastructure that supports the
water and wastewater utility
production of our food supplies, generates our
energy, fuels our transportation and provides
members that make up the
the natural resources needed for manufacRural Water association.
turing. They have to be informed that public
water supplies are protective of everyone's
health, even those in major metropolitan
areas. And, they also have to be enlightened that rural wastewater
systems are the first line of defense in environmental protection.
The leadership and representation of your industry is second to none.
Rural Water's efforts have ensured that funding resources are available,
that technical resources are offered through your state Rural Water
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BY SAM WADE, NRWA CEO
offices, and that regulations remain reasonable and affordable. As an example
of these accomplishments, the ability to
provide the Consumer Confidence Report
electronically resulted in an estimated
savings of $126 million annually for
For those who were able to participate
in the Rural Water Rally, thank you. Your
presence means far more than anyone
could express in writing. For those operations specialists and board member who
could not make it, I ask you to make a
contribution in a different way - visit
your representative when they are in the
district and simply say "thank you for the
support of your Rural Water association."
Success in these areas is simple, but it
is not something that anyone can duplicate. We, as state and national associations, are only successful because of
you; the individuals representing the
30,000 plus water and wastewater utility
members that make up the Rural Water
Thank you for knowing what you do,
loving what you do, and believing in what
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
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