Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2014 - (Page 64)

T From the CEO Where Were You in 1974? SDWA's 40 Year Anniversary DECEMBER OF 2014 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The SDWA has played a critical role in ensuring that our public drinking water BY SAM WADE, NRWA CEO supplies are of the highest standards in the world, and that is an accomplishment to recognize and celebrate. It is also an opportunity to recognize and pay tribute to those who have devoted their careers to this profession and are responsible for the excellence within our industry today. Often forgotten is the fact that 92 percent of public water supplies serve a population of less than 10,000 while standards are based on the feasibility of large metropolitan systems. Still, the percentage of compliance with health related MCLs, when broken down and calculated by size, are equivalent if not better than large metropolitan systems. That is quite a feat and it speaks to the dedication and professionalism of those systems without the economies of scale that benefit major metropolitan areas. In reality, the issues faced by systems regardless of Moving into the future, the size are the same. The only difference is the cost of operation, the economies of scale and next generation of "System access to affordable financing. Operations Specialists" will The National Rural Water Association was formed in 1976 to advocate for rural inherit this legacy of excellence and small system needs. Today, rural small while the industry will continue systems are filled with professionals trained by their state rural water association and to grow in complexity and who are supported by that association's pool value to the public. of expertise. Anyone would be hard-pressed to find a small system that has not benefited from these resources; resources that would be unaffordable for individual utilities. Moving into the future, the next generation of "System Operations Specialists" will inherit this legacy of excellence while the industry 64 * Third Quarter 2014 will continue to grow in complexity and value to the public. Likewise, the value of the skills, knowledge and expertise in the water and wastewater systems must be recognized, respected and rewarded accordingly. The title of "Operations Specialist" is a small step in raising the awareness of these critical positions and offering them the respect they deserve. These utilities do not run on their own - each system requires some form of management not encompassed in the required certification to operate a plant. State rural water associations are also meeting this need through Water University's "Utility Management Certification" program. The UMC can be accessed through www. or through your state rural water association's website. Join the growing population of individuals who are stepping up the career ladder with these credentials. The Safe Drinking Water Act sets the quality standards that ensures the safety of our water supplies to the public, but it is the boards, councils, system and agency personnel working together who ensure those standards are met. We and our families drink the water we produce - "Quality on Tap - Our Commitment - Our Profession."

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2014

From the President
Dressing Your Entire Utility for Success
Go the Extra Mile
Customer Service: Getting Along With Mildred
Changing of the Guard in Public Works
Employee Rights and Their Limits
Professional Status Is Achievable…Isn’t It?
Power Up the Board Retreat
Cleared for Takeoff! Flight Plan for the Strategic Plan
The Safe Drinking Water Act’s 40th Anniversary
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to advertisers/
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2014