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If rural and small town America is not
specifically targeted in the legislation
that would authorize and fund new
water infrastructure initiatives, the
funding will bypass rural America and be
absorbed by large metropolitan water
developments. The ''Drinking Water
System Improvement Act of 2017''
accomplishes this objective by including
targeting to disadvantaged communities
and small communities with minimum
set-asides, and prioritization of projects
with the greatest environmental and
economic need.
Enhancing drinking water quality in
small communities is more of a resource
issue than a regulatory problem. Most
small community non-compliance can
be quickly remedied by on-site technical
assistance and education. The current EPA
regulatory structure is often misapplied
to small and rural communities because
every community wants to provide
safe water and meet all drinking water
standards. After all, local water supplies
are operated and governed by people
whose families drink the water every day
and people who are locally elected."

President Fletcher keynotes the Oklahoma Rural Water
Association Annual Conference (April 2017).

Perhaps the most essential message
that President Fletcher has been circulating
is not targeted toward the institutions
of power in Washington DC, but rather
targeted to the source of all power for the
rural water enterprise-the grassroots
power of our association.
In his address to Oklahoma Rural Water
Association this spring, Fletcher stated,
"Just to let you know how important you
are to the rural water movement and the
success of our agenda, I would like to
explain 'The Power of An Association'

PROTECTING YOU
AS YOU STAND BEHIND
YOUR COMMUNITY.

theme. Each of you are the key to our
success every year in advocating that
Congress make the best policies for small
and rural communities. Thank you for that.
Our grassroots network is all our strength.
And only by all of us acting together can
we manifest that strength. The power of
an association means that by organizing
together with a common agenda, we can
accomplish what none of us could achieve
on our own. Senator Inhofe only listens
to Oklahoma Rural Water Association,
but we all benefit, and we thank you for
that relationship: Thank you for that close
relationship that benefits all rural and small
communities in every state."
In closing, just as Sir Thomas More's
appellation of "a man for all seasons"
shows metaphorically that wisdom and
honesty are characteristics that will be
helpful for "all seasons" and serve as
ultimate solutions to protean problems,
NRWA's President Steve Fletcher's
thoughtful and honest approach allows
him to lead Rural Water whenever and
wherever needed for the betterment of
rural America. As the poets say, he is our
"man for all seasons." ●

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018

From the President
When Rural Water Systems Combine
Peer-to-Peer Networking
Cheboygan, Michigan Adopts Level Service Goals for Water Department
NRWA President Steve Fletcher: Rural Water’s “Man for All Seasons”
Rural Water Rally 2018
State Rural Water Association Profile
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Up the Creek: The Ongoing Story of Our Life
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Intro
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - bellyband1
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - bellyband2
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - cover2
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - When Rural Water Systems Combine
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Peer-to-Peer Networking
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Cheboygan, Michigan Adopts Level Service Goals for Water Department
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - NRWA President Steve Fletcher: Rural Water’s “Man for All Seasons”
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 31
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Rural Water Rally 2018
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 35
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - State Rural Water Association Profile
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 37
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Up the Creek: The Ongoing Story of Our Life
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - From the CEO
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