Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2014 - (Page 56)

T From the CEO Call to Duty - H20 THIS PAST WINTER consisted of extreme cold and snowfall in a large part of the nation that resulted in a "Call to Duty" for many BY SAM WADE, NRWA CEO system operations specialists and state rural water association circuit riders and wastewater technicians. When those calls come in from customers, members and utilities, these skilled professionals answer the call regardless of the weather, hour of the day or day of the week. It is more than a job and a task, it is a profession and a duty that is answered many times throughout the year. Let's look at another kind of "Call to Duty" - one to support your association to ensure member benefits remain and continue to meet your system specific needs and the growing I ask you to answer this "Call to Duty" demands our utilities face across the board. By the term support, I and support your state association by mean attending training, accessing attending the training that is offered, services, participating in programs and supporting your association in accessing the technical, managerial and the legislative and regulatory areas. financial expertise available through Your state rural water association can check off many accomplishyour state office and participate in ments that have paid large returns your association's functions. on your membership investment. Recent examples include the exemption of fire hydrants from the lead and cooper rule and being able to disseminate the Consumer Confidence Report by electronic means as opposed to mailing. 56 * Second Quarter 2014 Your state association has also ensured funding resources through the Rural Utilities Loan and Grant Program and State Revolving Fund. In the recent farm bill alone, $150 million was made available to use in backlog applications through your state rural development office. Your support also ensures that training and technical assistance types of programs remain strong to meet the needs of our nation's rural and small utilities. Although the membership of the rural water association network is utility based, individuals are the fuel of success for your association. I ask you to answer this "Call to Duty" and support your state association by attending the training that is offered, accessing the technical, managerial and financial expertise available through your state office and participate in your association's functions. With your support, your association will continue to be the voice of rural and small systems in your state and, combined with other states, the voice of the rural and small systems in our nation's capital.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2014

From the President
Adjusting to the New Normal
Facts About North Dakota Fracking and Water Use
Meeting the Goal of Sustainable, Efficient, Affordable Rural Water Systems
Let's Be Clear - The Fire Chief Project
A Regular Job a Long Way Away
The ESPYs
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
NRWA’s First CEO, Raymond Keith (RK) Johnson, Passes Away
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO

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