Streamline - Winter 2015 - (Page 34)
BY MIKE KEEGAN, RURAL WATER ANALYST
ThE FoLLoWINg aRE summaries of recent articles covered on NRWA'S Washington, D.C., homepage (www.ruralwater.org).
For more information, or the original documents for any of these summaries, please visit the home page. 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 by emailing
Mike Keegan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NRWA policy creation: All
NRWA policy is created by the
NRWA Board of Directors and is typically initiated by NRWA committees
made up of board members and state
association executive directors. The
NRWA Regulatory Committee convened on June 20, 2015 in Washington
DC to review a number of active policy issues and craft a number of policy positions that will be referred to the
full NRWA Board of Directors. Issues
considered by the Committee included:
NRWA's seat on the National Drinking
Water Advisory Committee, Lead
and Copper Rule Revisions, EPA's
Nutrient Programs, WOTUS,
Disinfection Byproducts Rule, Water
Privatization, Fluoridation, 7 USC
Section 1926(b), etc. The committee will consider any policy suggestion from any member of a
state rural water association.
Cost savings to RWA members:
A priority of the current Regulatory
Committee Chairman (from New
York Rural Water Association) is to
demonstrate and document the cost
savings to member communities
of NRWA policy initiatives. Some
recent examples include: Consumer
Confidence Reports e-delivery
= $126,000,000 (annually), Revised
Total Coliform Rule = $25,678,187
(annually), and Non-regulatory Federal
Cybersecurity Policy = $146,629,000
. The NRWA Regulatory Committee
identified some new policy initiatives
to advance to further save members
funding including: e-delivery of Tier
II public notices, elimination of inhome sampling for lead and copper,
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and stopping the EPA from regulating
storage tank inspections.
New Policies Crafted by Regulatory
Committee: New policy measures the
committee approved include:
* Raise eight concerns with the current
version of a new Lead and Copper
Rule using NRWA's representative on
the EPA advisory committee.
* Support a limitation on federal
regulatory authority of water systems' water quality to the terminus of the distribution system; the
property line of the customer - the
private property of the costumer).
Some stakeholders in the Lead and
Copper deliberations are advocating
for the water utility, in some cases,
to be responsible for service line on
the customer's property.
* Provide a statement to EPA opposing
new regulatory authority for inspections/standards of storage tanks. This
has been proposed by EPA.
* Determine if the new WOTUS rule
extends federal authority beyond the
Supreme Court's delineation in their
most recent (Rapanos) case.
* Have unregulated contaminant monitoring results be made publicly available but not part of the consumer
* Nominate three NRWA representatives to EPA's advisory committee
considering changes to their Risk
Management Plans' program.
* Support Senator Wicker's effort
to provide relief under the Stage II
Disinfection Byproducts Rule.
* Oppose (with statement) EPA's recent
decision to release sensitive water utility location data to the Internet.
* Reiterate NRWA's position that
the decision to fluoridate drinking water should be made at the local
* Support local community authority in
rate-making determinations. This is a
reaction to a popular policy trend in
DC to have wealthier customers pay
more than others.
What is NRWA doing for members?
At the recent In-Service conference
attended by all state association staff,
a prominent and highly respected state
association executive director asked
this question. He was asked this by his
board of directors during a conversation of membership dues. In addition
to this Power an Association pamphlet, Kansas Rural Water Association
featured an article in their magazine
with a comprehensive compendium of
NRWA policy activities. If any member
of any association has a suggestion for
any policy initiative, please contact us.
EPA negotiating panel releases new
draft of lead and copper rule revisions: NRWA's representative on the
EPA committee negotiating revisions
to the LCR, John Sasur from Mass Rural
Water Association, will attend a twoday negotiating session on the issue.
The NRWA Regulatory Committee
met to review the proposal and identified eight concerns with the draft: new
requirements for record keeping, new
water quality parameter testing, confusing health effects conclusions, new
public notice requirements, possible
expanded copper compliance, requirement to remove all lead service lines,
new expanded testing, and the need for
additional technical assistance.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Winter 2015
From the President: Performance Evaluation
From the Executive Director: Save the Date!
Professional or Job Holder: Which Will You Be?
Emergencies: Do You Have A Plan?
Finding Your Way
Hearing Protection – Keep Your Employees Safe
Economic Opportunity: USDA Rural Development/Virginia
Rate Setting – It’s Easy?
Throwing My Loop: Fresh Water
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
2015-2016 Membership Directory
Board of Directors
VRWA Members Corner
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Winter 2015