Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013 - (Page 35)
BY MIKE KEEGAN, NRWA ANALYST
THE FOLLOWING ARE summaries of recent articles covered on
NRWA’S Washington, DC, homepage (www.ruralwater.org). For more
information, or the original documents, for any of these summaries,
please visit the homepage. If you have a comment or position that
you would like to be considered by the NRWA Regulatory Committee,
please let us hear from you (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NRWA and the Senate Tax bill –
The Leadership of the Senate Finance
Committee has begun a legislative push
to simplify the tax code by asking all
senators to identify what tax breaks,
deductions and credits should be kept.
All Senators have until July 26 to produce their so-called pardon list. NRWA
will be pressing for retention of current
tax-exemptions for municipal bonds and
extending the similar tax-exemption for
USDA guaranteed loans. We expect the
corporate water industry to press for taxexempt status for private activity bonds,
which the New York Times calls “a stealth
subsidy for private enterprise”.
Feds report and warn of cyberattacks
against critical infrastructure – for the
ﬁrst half of 2013.
U.S. Rural Utilities Service announces
$917,221 for non-proﬁts to lend to household water well systems.
EPA’s new guide on emerging wastewater treatment technologies – the guide
lists new technologies, assess their merits
and costs and provide sources for further
technological investigation. The document
is intended to serve as a tool for wastewater facility owners/utilities, operators,
planners and consultants.
Rural Water In-Service in Colorado
Spr i n g s – N RWA’s r e ce nt a n nu a l
In-service conference brought together
all the technical ﬁeld staff of state associations. After attending the presentations of
a number of circuit riders, training staff,
on-site technical assistance providers,
and source water technicians, one can
safety conclude that this assistance is
the most important contribution to safe,
clean water and wastewater, prevention of
source water contamination, compliance,
security and emergency response of all
efforts that exist.
“We’ve been hauling our drinking
water for 20 years” – the ball started
rolling three years ago with a visit to the
Kansas Rural Water Association. NRWA
met with Elmer Ronnebaum and Rita
Clary. Without their help, we deﬁ nitely
wouldn’t have this project. The water
main project is funded through the KAN
STEP program, a program that involves
‘sweat equity’ from local residents to make
improvements to facilities that might otherwise be unfeasible.
Fracking pollutes – drinking water
wells near natural gas fracking sites were
six times more likely to be contaminated
than others, ﬁnds a new study the National
Academy of Sciences.
White House cybersecurity plan –
NIST has released their draft outline of
the Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework
called for by the President’s Executive
Order on reducing risks to the nation’s critical infrastructure (NIST Draft Outline).
The outline deﬁnes the overall framework
and provides guidance on its usage. NIST
is accepting comments on the outline.
EPA removes NPDES permit exemption from pesticide application over
water – in the Federal Register – the action
is a result of federal court decision in 2012.
Private water hubris – a private water
company representative made the following comment regarding a water main
break in DC: “Your current dilemma only
supports the argument for a good, e.g.,
investor-owned, utility that has a replacement program in place for aging infrastructure. It is this replacement program
(and property and income taxes) that are
really the only reason that the investorowned utilities are unfavorably compared
to the tax-payer supported utilities, which
so often neglect infrastructure replacement and the costs for doing so, when it
comes to rates. I will leave it to the taxpayer funded utilities to rebut these statements (I am certain that there are those
that can, that they are in the minority, and
I applaud them), but a ‘proof’ of my belief
is your current situation.”
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013
FROM THE PRESIDENT
PROJECTS THAT START IN RURAL AMERICA TOUCH THE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS
WHAT DOES RURAL MEAN?
PROTECTING THE LAND
THE POWER OF AN ASSOCIATION
OLD CONSERVATION IDEA STILL IN VOGUE
THROWING MY LOOP
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013