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NRWA Recap BY MIKE KEEGAN, NRWA ANALYST summaries of recent articles covered on NRWA'S Washington, D.C., homepage ( For more information, or the original documents for any of these summaries, please visit the homepage. 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 THE FOLLOWING ARE New Report Links West Virginia Chemical Spill To Water Privatization: The Civil Society Institute/Boston Action Research concludes that West Virginia American Water (WVAW), a subsidiary of the American Water Company, was unprepared for the Jan. 9, 2014, drinking water contamination event because the company spent too much of its resources on "dividend payments" to investors that could "otherwise be invested in the system." The authors conclude that customer experience with West Virginia American Water is similar to the experience of other American Water Company customers around the country and that the inadequate and widely criticized operations of private water companies globally have fomented a movement to remunicipalize privatized water utilities. Fighting Fires in Rural Areas More Challenging: Issues highlighted by fires in rural Missouri. "Drop tanks were used. This is the system that is used in rural areas. The reason is because there are no fire hydrants in rural areas. [Designers] did not want fire hydrants in rural water system because most of the lines are 4 inches or less. If departments were to utilize hydrants in rural areas, the vacuum that would be created by hooking up to lines that are that small could cause major damage to the entire system. Tank trucks that carry water hold about 2,000 pounds. Firefighters empty the tankers and then have to leave to refill them." ASDWA's New President: June Swallow, the Drinking Water Administrator for Rhode Island, is the new Association of Safe Drinking Water Agencies President. Administrator Swallow said, "I predict that 2016 will bring a greater focus on legionella and other water quality issues related to distribution system operations and premise plumbing..." EPA Public Stakeholder Webinar on Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR4): EPA will discuss "the proposed UCMR4 monitoring requirements, analyte selection and rationales, analytical methods, laboratory approval process and other aspects of the proposed rule." The UCMR4 was published in the Federal Register on December 11, and, once finalized, will require large public water systems to monitor for up to 30 chemical contaminants or contaminant groups between March 2018 and November 2020. In line with EPA's recent emphasis on understanding algal blooms' and resulting algal toxins' potential impacts on drinking water, the proposed UCMR4 focuses heavily on cyanotoxin analyses, with ten of the 30 contaminants to be sampled under UCMR4 being cyanotoxins. EPA's Best Management Practice Implementation Decreases Phosphorous Loading in Local Watersheds Funding Accomplishments: Congress continued all rural water initiatives (circuit riders, source water, wastewater techs., and EPA technical assistance). NRWA's campaign to have Congress continue the funding next year (Fiscal Year 2017) has already begun. NRWA's annual Rural Water Rally was held on February 8-10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Fix EPA Funding Accomplishment: NRWA has been advocating for reform of the EPA technical assistance appropriations process since 2008 with the beginning of the anti-earmark efforts in Congress. Initially, Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Norm Dicks (WA) suggested (to NRWA former Presidents Fred Sheldon and Rodney Tart) that NRWA support reauthorization legislation to solve the problem of EPA funding terminations during 33

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Spring 2016

From the President: Strong
From the Executive Director: Do You Need VRWA?
Thanks for the Memories!
Future Operators: Implementing A Career
Claypool Hill: Triumph Over Adversity
Work Zone Safety Awareness: V-DOT Work Zone Traffic Control Certification
Water System Consolidation
Decline of Coal: Economic Effects on Utilities
Effectively Managing Inventory Space and Costs
VRWA Report Card
NRWA Recap
Planning Reports Funded for Three Rural Water and Waste Projects in Central Virginia
VRWA Members Corner
Throwing My Loop: A Positive Life...
Booster Club
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Mail Bag
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Spring 2016