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MRWA's Hands on Water O&M Training in 2013. State Association of the Year: Minnesota Rural Water Association THE MINNESOTA RURAL Water Association was awarded the State Association of the Year at the NRWA Awards Dinner in October 2013. MRWA was incorporated in 1978 and has provided training and technical assistance across Minnesota for the past 36 years. State Association of the Year recognizes state affiliates for their overall association success with training, technical assistance, legislative and collaboration with state and federal agencies. MRWA has a great sense of family. The longevity of their employees reflects their expertise and dedication to helping small systems succeed while local government aid and financial support for systems is fading. Currently, MRWA has 17 staff members who collectively have provided 225 years of service to the association. Three of these individuals have over 20 years with the association. Additionally, these employees have hundreds of years of combined expertise in the water, wastewater, source water and city administration field. Training is one of the main reasons that MRWA exists - to provide classroom and on-site training to water and wastewater systems and governing personnel on the most up-to-date methods 32 * First Quarter 2014 of efficient operations and management techniques. They offer management and specialized training to operators, managers, board members, decision makers, councils, government personnel, administrators, private businesses, mobile home park owners and other interested personnel. They also host the largest water and wastewater technical conference in the state, the only specialized handson water and/or wastewater treatment training of its kind, and an emergency response trailer for on-site training, from hands-on line tracing, engineering for non-engineers, rate setting, to cross connection and backflow prevention. MRWA's water and wastewater certified operators/technicians/trainers travel the entire state, day-in and day-out, to Dye testing in Lewisville in 2013. provide immediate on-site, hands-on technical assistance and emergency response to small systems. MRWA's Circuit Rider Program is the foundation of the association. Circuit riders work directly with rural development state engineers to field questions pertaining to water and wastewater treatment facilities. Assistance may be in the form of reviewing the design of a water or

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2014

From the President
Alternative Energy
A Paperless Option
Board Orientation Has Multiple Benefits
The Nrwa Revolving Loan Fund
Rural Water Rally 2014
State Association of the Year
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2014