Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2013 - (Page 36)

Regulatory Update BY MIke keegAn, nrWA AnAlYSt thE folloWing arE summaries of recent articles covered on NRWA’S Washington, DC, homepage (www.ruralwater.org). For more information, or the original documents, for any of these summaries, please visit the homepage. If you have a comment or position that you would like to be considered by the NRWA Regulatory Committee, please let us hear from you (keegan@ruralwater.org). EPA releases blueprint for integrating technology innovation into the National Water Program – to advance EPA’s goal of clean and safe water and sustainable water utilities (details at www.ruralwater.org). Focus on climate change – Climate change has been discussed in the media lately – in a movie: Greedy Lying Bastards, starring Senator Inhofe and Daryl Hannah – and in a recent Economist article. Here’s an excerpt: “over the past 15 years air temperatures at the Earth’s surface have 36 • Second Quarter 2013 been flat while greenhouse-gas emissions have continued to soar. The world added roughly 100 billion tons of carbon to the atmosphere between 2000 and 2010. That is about a quarter of all the CO2 put there by humanity since 1750. And yet the five-year mean global temperature has been flat for a decade.” Glasgow water system says it needs to spend $378 million to deal with climate change (details at www.ruralwater.org). EPA survey finds more than half of the nation’s rivers are in poor condition – the results of a comprehensive study of the health of the country’s waters (details at www.ruralwater.org). Kansas Rural Water Association releases the best guidance on the new EPA CCR that allows water systems to eliminate the mailing requirement (KRWA’s Guidance). USDA definition of rural for programs – with the Census Bureau having released all necessary data, USDA has determined that it will begin to use 2010 figures for total population beginning on March 28, 2013 (USDA report at www.ruralwater.org). Rep. Young honored for CCR legislation – Rep. Young received the Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Rural Water Association in recognition of his work to promote the electronic distribution of Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR). Gary Williams, Executive Director of the Florida Rural Water Association said, “all of the Florida Water systems sincerely appreciate Congressman Young’s leadership and genesis of this idea. This savings provides lower cost to water systems across Florida that benefits customers and the public in the form of lower water utility bills…” FRWA’s executive director evolving thoughts on the new TCR rule and the rule’s new construct of self-assessments – FRWA’s Executive Director said they initially wanted self-assessments to be as simple as possible to complete. However, now they are looking at a more detailed assessment to motivate water systems to thoroughly consider and investigate the cause of their “bac-t” positive samples (details at www.ruralwater.org). Helca Water (OH) to save $6,450 from CCR mailing relief – stop mailing those CCRs and appreciate the power of an association. Iowa 1926(b) controversy continues – a state bill to limit 1926(b) protection and rural water districts’ access to service area could be considered in the Iowa House. Central Iowa Water Association (CIWA) issued a press release and fact sheet opposing the bill. House Committee Passes REINS Act – the regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, which would require all http://www.ruralwater.org http://www.ruralwater.org http://www.ruralwater.org http://www.ruralwater.org http://www.ruralwater.org http://www.ruralwater.org http://www.nrwa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2013

From the President
Drought Contingency and Water Conservation Plans
Electric Bills
The Energy Future of Rural America
A Tiny Drop of and Idea
Water University
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers / Advertisers.com
From the CEO

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