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The National Rural Water Association
opened the 2018 Rural Water Rally with
approximately 350 rural water professionals in
attendance on February 5 in Washington, D.C.
VIP speakers Senator John Hoeven from North
Dakota and Anne Hazlett, Special Assistant to the
Secretary for Rural Development, spoke to the
largest attendance at the Rally since 2014.
"Communities of all sizes rely on infrastructure
to support their economies and their way of life,"
Senator Hoeven said. "You, better than anyone,
understand the unique challenges that rural
communities face when building infrastructure."
He added that these challenges are often
compounded by complicated Federal mandates
and technical requirements that increase cost. Such
complications underscore the importance of Rural
Water professionals in supplying clean water to
their community.
"Our citizens deserve safe and reliable access
to infrastructure, no matter what their zip code is,"
Hoeven said.
Hoeven's work on the Senate Appropriations
Committee, including Chair of the Subcommittee
on Agriculture, has made him very familiar with the
success of Rural Water Programs.
"USDA Rural Water programs are specificallydesigned for Rural America," Hoeven said. "They are
cost effective, they are reliable and they are a good
investment for our government."
The Senator explained that Rural Utility Service
loans have an extremely low delinquency rate and a
cost rate of only 0.17 percent, meaning that it only
costs 17 cents to support a $100 investment in
rural infrastructure.
Senator Hoeven also discussed potential
developments in the future of Rural Water
infrastructure, including funding programs like the
USDA Loan and Grant Program and EPA's Water
Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program.
He also discussed the potential of new programs
like the Move America Act, which would allow
states to use tax-free bond and tax credits to create
more flexibility and encourage private investment in
infrastructure.
Anne Hazlett opened her speech with
appreciation for the work of Rural Water and its

partnership with Rural Development. She also
described a vision for Rural Development that
uses strong infrastructure to promote economic
development and quality of life in rural America.
"Secretary Perdue has set a clear goal for us
in the coming year and that is to use our people,
our programs and our resources to facilitate rural
prosperity and economic development," she said,
referring to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
The priorities for meeting those goals are
infrastructure, partnerships and innovation.
"We strongly believe that robust, modern
infrastructure is truly a necessity, not an amenity
for communities to thrive," Hazlett said. "If we
address these needs, many of the other challenges
we face in our communities become much
more manageable."
Hazlett discussed a variety of partnerships,
including the partnerships required to assist utilities
after disasters like the recent spate of hurricanes.
She also discussed future partnerships, where each
Rural Development State Director has been charged
to make building relationships between RD, state
and local government, economic developers, and
nonprofits are a regular part of business. Building
these relationships will help develop and deploy
innovative solutions in rural communities.
"We believe the challenges and opportunities
facing rural communities are complex and
constantly evolving," Hazlett said. "Rural
Development needs a forward-focused agency that
is able to assist local leaders with new and fresh
solutions to those challenges."
She concluded her speech with discussion of
the various innovations developing in Rural Water,
including the ability to file Rural Development
engineering paperwork electronically and the
establishment of NRWA's Apprenticeship Program.
"This successful model is exactly the kind of
thing that we want to lift up through the innovation
center's work and replicate across other states,"
Hazlett said.
The opening session also included remarks from
NRWA President Steve Fletcher of Illinois; NRWA's
new Sr. Vice President and Chair of the Legislative
Committee Kent Watson; and Keith Heard from the
NRWA DC Staff.

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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
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 3
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 4
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 5
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 6
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 7
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 8
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 9
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - When Rural Water Systems Combine
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 16
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Peer-to-Peer Networking
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 19
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 20
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 21
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 22
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 23
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 24
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 25
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Cheboygan, Michigan Adopts Level Service Goals for Water Department
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - NRWA President Steve Fletcher: Rural Water’s “Man for All Seasons”
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 29
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 31
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Rural Water Rally 2018
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 33
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
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 45
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - cover3
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