Streamline - Fall 2015 - (Page 9)

fromTheexecutiveDirector BY MYRICA W. KEISER, VRWA ExECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Value of Membership The vaLue of your membership is priceless! Have you ever thought just what the value of your membership really comes to? As our membership renewals have been mailed - if you question as to whether or not to continue paying - think about the service that is provided - think about what it cost you for the service compared to the membership dues. Your supervisor tells you that there must be a water leak somewhere in the system because the reports are showing a much larger usage than normal. He wants it fixed and fixed now! So who do you call? You pick up the phone and you call VRWA for assistance. VRWA staff arrives - you go over the area you think the leak may be in - VRWA staff proceeds to unload their equipment - then the task of locating that leak begins. What was the cost to the water system for this service provided by the staff of VRWA? A major storm hits your system and knocks out power - your pumps to your water tanks are off - power comes back on - a surge hits the system and causes many of the older pipes to break, causing a huge catastrophe to the system. VRWA is called in to assist in finding the major areas of leaks - assist in setting up help to make repairs - assist in getting equipment and supplies in to the area - assist in contacting agencies for funding assistance. What was the cost to the water system for this service provided by the staff of VRWA? You find yourself with an old sewer system that is in need of major repairs - you call VRWA to smoke test your system for leaks - VRWA comes in with a smoke blower. What was the cost to the wastewater system for this smoke testing provided by the staff of VRWA? You are having difficulty in passing your certification test for your water or wastewater license. You call on VRWA to come in and provide tutoring - VRWA staff comes in and spends time working with you on the suggested test material. What was the cost to you or your system for the private tutoring provided by the staff of VRWA? VRWA receives funding from National Rural Water, who in return receives funding from Rural Utilities Services, Farm Service Agency, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Funding from these sources pay most but not all of the expenses for the VRWA field staff to perform their jobs. Then there are the "household" expenses such as rent, supplies, equipment and personnel. So where does that funding come from? The bulk of the internal funding comes from (a) revenue earned from the annual conference and (b) receipt of membership dues. Our membership dues are broken down by number of connections and range from $300 to $500 a year for water and wastewater systems. For our associate and corporate members it is a flat $300. This is a small amount to help support an organization that does so much on so little funds. As our membership renewals have been mailed - if you question as to whether or not to continue paying - think about the service that is provided - think about what it cost you for the service compared to the membership dues - and is it still a value to support. Is the value of your membership still priceless? www.vrwa.org 9 http://www.vrwa.org

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

From the President: What if the Hokey Pokey Really is What it’s All About?
From the Executive Director: The Value of Membership
VRWA’s 2015 Expo Wrap Up
Membership is Free, but its Value to your Utility may be Priceless!!
Stock…or…Search
How to Prepare for a Lab Audit
Tomorrow’s Leaders: Attracting Young Professionals
Amherst Source Water Protection
USDA Rural Development/Virginia
Comparative Advantage
Keeping Workers Safe During Night-Time Repairs
Affordable Mixers Now Available for Southern Corrosion Engineered Tank Care Customers
When Consolidation Makes cents
NRWA Recap
VRWA Offers New Member Benefits
Throwing My Loop: Another View
Booster Club
e-Learning Benefits
Membership Application
Do you know what your VRWA Benefits are?
Welcoming New Members
Training Calendar
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com

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