Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 46

FROM THE CEO

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Supporting Rural
Water Systems

BY SAM WADE, NRWA CEO

NRWA fully supports continued education, training and technical assistance to
enhance the sustainability of the nation's water and wastewater utilities.
In recent months, some stakeholders with vested interests have called for additional federal
regulatory authority to direct the consolidation and regionalization of public water utilities as the
means to achieve sustainability. NRWA supports consideration of consolidation or regionalization
as one of several options to enhance long-term sustainability, however, the decision to choose
among the options must be made at the local level by the people who drink the water and pay
for its service.
Water utilities, large and small, need to consider all available options and evaluate which
options best fit current local conditions and future sustainability. Decisions that communities
should continuously evaluate include modifications to operations, governance policies, revenues,
future compliance, growth, expenses as well as regionalization and consolidation.
NRWA members are the leaders in promoting regionalization, mergers and various forms
of partnerships when it is in the best interest of the local community. A recent survey of
State Rural Water Association board members' utilities indicated that 47 percent of the 242
respondents provide services to other utilities, and 7 percent receive services from other
utilities through some form of partnership. NRWA and its members offer the best tools and
resources to evaluate various sustainability options including technical assistance, board training
and workforce development. NRWA recently announced the creation of the Water Industry
Advancement and Sustainability Institute that will further assist with the advancement and
sustainability of water and wastewater utilities in their mission to serve the public.
We have found that the key ingredient in any successful type of partnership, merger or
consolidation is local support and local control of the decision making process. If communities
are coerced to consolidate; one can almost guarantee future controversy. NRWA advocates for
local governments to maintain authority to choose when to merge, consolidate or enter into a
regional partnership for long-term sustainability and successful collaboration. ●

NRWA SUPPORTS CONSIDERATION OF
CONSOLIDATION OR REGIONALIZATION AS
ONE OF SEVERAL OPTIONS TO ENHANCE
LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY, HOWEVER, THE
DECISION TO CHOOSE AMONG THE OPTIONS
MUST BE MADE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL BY THE
PEOPLE WHO DRINK THE WATER AND PAY
FOR ITS SERVICE.
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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 - 10
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 - 16
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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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