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FEATURE

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Rural Water Association of Utah's
Emergency Response System

BY DALE PIERSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION OF UTAH

You may have attended the
emergency response trainings held
by your Rural Water Association's
southeastern emergency response
network or have watched the video
made at the Florida training (highly
recommended). If so, you have seen
the emphasis that southeastern states
have to put on power restoration
following hurricanes and other natural
disasters. Southeastern systems, with
small elevation differences within their
jurisdictions, are dependent upon pumps
and the power to run them for just about
all their water and wastewater service. In
the West we do it differently...
Believe it or not, many water systems
in Utah never use a kilowatt of power
to deliver water to their customers or to
dispose of their wastewater. Springs, at
mountain elevations, provide water to
storage tanks that, while lower in elevation

than the springs, are higher than the service
areas of the city or district. The water is so
pure that no treatment is required. The same
holds true with wastewater systems, being
all gravity collection, no lift stations and
lagoons for treatment. If power is needed, it

is at a wastewater treatment plant or at
a water source well, many of which have
back-up power in place. In over 10 years
of coordinating emergency response in
Utah, I only recall having one system in
need of a generator during an emergency.
Inter-mountain west emergencies are
different from those in the southeast too.
Obviously we don't have hurricanes, and
tornados are rare. Most of our response
seems to be in three areas: water
system contamination, water outages
and wildfires.
Response to a water system
contamination incident typically involves
flushing, disinfecting, sampling and
monitoring disinfection residuals.
Investigative work to determine the
source of contamination and the follow-up
work to rectify the problem can also be
time consuming. A truck overturning in a
spring collection area and contaminating
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018

From the President
The 10 Steps of Crisis Communication
Florida Rural Water Association’s Rapid Response to Deadly Hurricane Irma
Texas Rural Water Association Provides Emergency Assistance to Systems Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
UTWARN: Rural Water Association of Utah’s Emergency Response System
NRWA Congratulates Senator Thad Cochran on His Retirement
Regulatory Update
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Can You Hear the Crickets?
Up the Creek: A Unique Elixir
Residential Metering: Choosing the Meter That Best Meets the Changing Needs of Your Rural Water System
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Intro
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - bellyband1
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - bellyband2
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - cover2
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 3
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 4
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 5
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 6
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 7
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 8
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 9
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - The 10 Steps of Crisis Communication
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 16
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Florida Rural Water Association’s Rapid Response to Deadly Hurricane Irma
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Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 20
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 21
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 22
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 23
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Texas Rural Water Association Provides Emergency Assistance to Systems Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
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Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 26
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 28
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - UTWARN: Rural Water Association of Utah’s Emergency Response System
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 31
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - NRWA Congratulates Senator Thad Cochran on His Retirement
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 35
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 36
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 38
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Can You Hear the Crickets?
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Up the Creek: A Unique Elixir
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Residential Metering: Choosing the Meter That Best Meets the Changing Needs of Your Rural Water System
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 43
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 45
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - cover3
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