Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 11
FROM THE PRESIDENT
Long Range Crisis
Planning: A Must
BY STEVE FLETCHER,
The earth has run
in cycles for thousands of years. As the homespun great American author and
philosopher Mark Twain once said, "If you don't like the weather now, just wait a few minutes."
Parts of America today are under severe water restrictions, while other parts are experiencing record
flooding. There are communities across America that could run out of water in the next year and others
are opening flood gates to release the pressure of too much water. But water experts and statistics
indicate that the restrictions that surface every time there is a water emergency have accomplished
astounding cuts in water use over time.
In "Tornado Alley," literally hundreds of tornados form in a matter of a few hours from Oklahoma
to Wisconsin. No matter what the emergency is - drought, flood, hurricane or tornado - Rural Water
survives and even prospers as communities realize what an asset they have in their rural or small
community water system - and that their system IS constantly working to take care of them.
So many of our state rural water associations have mutual aid agreements where, during any type of
natural disaster, neighboring associations will send personnel and equipment to the states experiencing
the calamity. Emergency training seminars are held every summer where state association personnel can
attend and learn from those who have "been there, done that."
THIS is what makes Rural Water so great! THIS is why so many turn to us for leadership, technical
assistance, training and information!
In the long run, we need to encourage even more change in our systems. Long range crisis planning
is a must today, not an elective. Our corporate members are constantly working to improve technology
and you, as utilities, are embracing these changes. Permanent changes are really important because they
don't depend on behavior. People and utilities can plan for future catastrophes without changing who
they are, or who we, as progressive and prepared utilities, are.
We are Rural Water. We are the leaders in the industry. We are the trainers of the industry. Rural
America looks to us for our professionalism and our commitment. They look to us for answers. Our
membership, through our state rural water associations, has the strength and the knowledge to be a tool,
a resource and a friend to our customers. ●
SO MANY OF OUR STATE RURAL WATER ASSOCIATIONS
HAVE MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS WHERE, DURING ANY TYPE OF
NATURAL DISASTER, NEIGHBORING ASSOCIATIONS WILL SEND
PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT TO THE STATES EXPERIENCING