Streamline - Spring 2015 - (Page 7)

FromTheExecutiveDirector BY MYRICA W. KEISER, VRWA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Highlights from 2014 ON-SITE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE was provided by VRWA to operators, managers and other person- nel of water and wastewater utilities across the Commonwealth. 2014 was a busy year for the staff, bringing in new faces and training them to assist you to sponsoring training around the state for you. On-Site Contacts Required Hour Contacts Drinking Water Programs Circuit Rider #1 823.75 473.00 360 Circuit Rider #2 634.25 406.00 360 Wastewater Programs Wastewater 416.50 389.00 360 SWU Sourcewater USDA 211.50 n/a EPA Training Specialist/WW 38.25 n/a EPA Training Specialist 65.00 37.00 Totals 2,189.25 1,305.00 Training was held throughout the Commonwealth in order to help you earn those much needed CPEs. FIVE YEARS OF TRAINING NUMBERS Year # of # of # of # of Classes Locations Operators Different Systems 2014 54 36 1349 585 2013 76 42 1363 574 2012 78 38 1534 669 2011 86 48 1220 699 2010 117 45 1225 609 Just One of Many Stories to Tell The Town of Pamplin is a small incorporated community straddling the Appomattox CountyPrince Edward County line. Robert Mitchell, town of Pamplin Mayor, had previously requested assistance from Virginia Rural Water Association with leak detection in their water distribution system. Mr. Mitchell stated that they had noticed increased gallons of water pumped from their two wells over the past months, but their customer billing had remained consistent. VRWA staff determined that the town of Pamplin is losing approximately 10,000 gallons of water per day. VRWA Circuit Rider Kenny Reynolds had been involved with assisting the town with leak detection. During the past month, VRWA Circuit Riders returned to locate all possible water main valves so town staff could uncover pavement over them for future leak detection efforts. On April 1-3, 2014, VRWA Circuit Riders returned to perform leak detection at the town of Pamplin. During this on-site visit small sections of the water distribution system would be isolated and a pressure gauge would be monitored for evidence of water leaks. The leak was located at a covered blow-off valve off an eight-inch PVC water main. The VRWA Circuit Riders were on-site for a total of 44 hours assisting the town of Pamplin. Since the water leak repair, additional savings to the town will be realized with reduced electrical and chemical use at their well facilities. Savings to the Town of Pamplin was approximately $5,500. VRWA SERVES 404 MEMBERS IN FIVE CATEGORIES Water & Wastewater Systems 208 Associate Members 26 Corporate Members 120 Individual Members 45 Class VI Operators 4 In House *  ircuit Rider Tracy Puckett went to Lee C County PSA *  ucian Lineberry was hired as Circuit Rider L *  ary Gandee was hired as Circuit Rider G *  ancy Carr retired again N *  cott McNally was hired as Source Water S Protection Technician *  rank Nadeau departed due to loss of program F *  pril 2014 Conference held record numbers A *  ugust 2014 Expo held record numbers A *  ugust 2014 Expo an "ATV" was donated by A Southern Corrosion 2014 was a busy year for the staff, bringing in new faces and training them to assist you to sponsoring training around the state for you. Always check our website calendar for updated training information. Now do us a favor and mark your calendar for the upcoming 2015 Annual Conference April 13-15 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. Hope to see you there! 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Spring 2015

From the President: Power Failure
From the Executive Director: Highlights from 2014
The Sustainability Managed Utility
Communication… Say What?
Flushing Away the Ebola Threat
Hazard Communication Standards – Guidelines for OSHA Compliance
State Water Control Board Approves Controversial Permit
VRWA Said Goodbye to Past Executive Director
USDA Rural Development
The RATES Program
Adequate Rates versus Affordability
NRWA Recap
Debt Refinancing: An Alternate Source of Capital
How the Cloud is Revolutionizing the Future of Water Utility Management
Southern Corrosion Supports Victory Junction
Throwing My Loop: Call Me Anytime
Wastewater Math
Booster Club
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
VRWA Mailbag
New Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Spring 2015