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covered facilities and on state and local
governments."
The Senate Environment
and Public Works Committee
invited Dennis Sternberg with
Arkansas Rural Water Association
to testify: The purpose of the
hearing was to examine a Senate bill
titled, "America's Water Infrastructure

Act of 2018," which included the following
helpful provisions:
Additional technical assistance: The
legislation included a number of important
and beneficial water provisions, including
Senator Wicker and Heitkamp's S.
518, "The Small and Rural Community
Clean Water Technical Assistance Act."
The legislation would authorize two
new technical assistance provisions
under Clean Water Act that are similar
to provisions currently authorized under
the Safe Drinking Water Act. First, S.
518 would establish a federal Clean
Water Act (CWA) technical assistance
program, administered by the EPA, to
assist small public wastewater treatment
systems (those serving not more than
10,000 people) in complying with CWA
regulations. The bill would authorize $15
million a year over five years for technical
assistance. Second, the bill would
authorize states administering Clean
Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) to
use up to two percent of their state grant
to fund technical assistance initiatives
to small wastewater treatment works in
their respective states. A similar program
currently is authorized and operating within
the states' Safe Drinking Water SRF.
Additional emphasis on water
workforce development: The bill also
included a provision expressing that
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and wastewater utilities can invest in
the development of local workers and
local small businesses to strengthen
communities and ensure a strong pipeline
of skilled and diverse workers for today
and tomorrow. Rural Water welcomes this
new federal attention and emphasized
mission for water workforce development.
In addition to increasing professional
demands, utilities will soon be forced to
replace many of their most experienced
employees. Over the next decade, the
water sector is expected to lose between
30 and 50 percent of the workforce to
retirement. Many of these employees
have worked at the same utility for
the majority of their careers, and they
will depart with decades of valuable
institutional knowledge. NRWA and State
Rural Water Associations currently provide
training on system operations specialist
certification, financial sustainability,
environmental compliance, utility
management and governance to 80,000
water professionals annually in all 50
states. In July 2017, NRWA announced
the certification of our "National Guideline
Standards of Apprenticeship" with the
U.S. Department of Labor. This standard
will ensure a well-trained and capable
water sector workforce to meet the
increasing demands of the water industry.
Our apprenticeship program is tailored to
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018

From the President
Infrastructure and Rural Water
Rural Prosperity Through Infrastructure, Partnerships and Innovation
Building Your Reserves to Plan for the Future
Rural Water Loan Fund Helps Small System Repair Well After Lightning Strike
State Rural Water Association Profile: Kansas Rural Water Association
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Case Study: Screw Pumps Provide Treatment Plant with Efficient Alternative
Up the Creek: The Secret of Longevity
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Intro
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - bellyband1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - bellyband2
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - cover2
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 3
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 4
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 5
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 6
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 7
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 8
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 9
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Infrastructure and Rural Water
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 16
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Rural Prosperity Through Infrastructure, Partnerships and Innovation
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 19
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 20
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Building Your Reserves to Plan for the Future
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 22
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 23
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 24
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Rural Water Loan Fund Helps Small System Repair Well After Lightning Strike
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - State Rural Water Association Profile: Kansas Rural Water Association
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 28
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 29
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 36
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 37
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 38
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Case Study: Screw Pumps Provide Treatment Plant with Efficient Alternative
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 43
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 44
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Up the Creek: The Secret of Longevity
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 46
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 47
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 49
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - cover3
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