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AS HARD AS IT IS, YOU HAVE TO HAVE WATER
AND WASTEWATER BEFORE YOU CAN ALLOW
PEOPLE TO COME BACK INTO THEIR COMMUNITIES.
YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT IT'S SAFE.
- Pat Credeur, Executive Director,
Louisiana Rural Water Association

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In 2004, four major hurricanes hit
Florida over a six-week period. That proved
to be a wake-up call for the state.
"It was a realization that all of the
associations here in the state that
represent water and wastewater needed
to work together to develop a network
of utilities helping utilities," said Gary
Williams, executive director of the Florida
Rural Water Association (FRWA).
Out of that came the Florida Water
Agency Response Network, with FRWA
at the forefront since it has staff while
other state water associations are
volunteer-run.
The 2004 storms left something
else in their wake: a realization that the
state association needed to purchase
equipment and conduct training sessions
for its members.
It was an understanding that the
Alabama Rural Water Association had
come to a decade before when Hurricane
Opal struck hard in Alabama in 1995. Not
only does Alabama grapple with hurricanes
on the Gulf Coast, but it also endures
tornadoes, floods and droughts. In the
1990s, ARWA began working with the

Alabama Emergency Management Agency
as a first responder and Hurricane Opal
was their first practice drill in emergency
preparedness and response.
"As a member service organization, we
want to be prepared and ready to respond
and help our members in any way that we
can," said Kathy Horne, ARWA's executive
director. "This is one of the association's
services that is most helpful to our
members in making sure that we are ready
and prepared to assist them in a time of
crisis and need. We learned so much from
the Hurricane Opal experience and have
tried to build upon our efforts continuously
since then."

Staying ahead of the storm
Water and wastewater are vital
services, and restoring them is often the
first step in helping a community recover
after a disaster.
"As hard as it is, you have to have water
and wastewater before you can allow people
to come back into their communities,"
said Pat Credeur, Louisiana Rural Water
Association's executive director. "You have
to make sure that it's safe."

Louisiana was affected by the 2005
hurricane season, when Rita and Katrina
came ashore. "When there's a disaster,
you can't start trying to do preparedness
the day after a storm," Credeur said. "You
have to have a game plan and know what
to do first. Second, where are your council
or board members so you can get them to
make decisions?"
With the 2005 storms-and again in
2012 when Isaac came ashore-a lot of
the system operations specialists found
themselves making decisions on their own
because other community leaders had
evacuated and were unreachable, Credeur
said.
Gathering those all-important contact
numbers is a good place to start in any
disaster plan. Be sure to update them at
least annually.
"It's important between disasters
that you maintain an accurate database
of information necessary for successful
emergency response to occur." Horne
said. "Current and accurate utility and
first-responder contact information, as
well as resource location and availability
for utilities, is critical. In order to respond
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017

From the President
Surviving Hurricanes
Emergency Preparedness
Indiana Teamwork During a Flood Emergency
Rates and Long-Term Sustainability
Technology: Ammonia – A Growing Problem with a Practical Solution
Emergency Management: Biological Wastewater Treatment Toxicity
Insurance: Commercial General Liability Coverage Basics
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Case Study: Installing Granular Activated Carbon Today to Prevent Regulatory Issues in the Future
Cleared for Takeoff
Up the Creek: Birdfeeder Politics
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - intro
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - cover2
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 3
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 4
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 5
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 7
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 8
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 9
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Surviving Hurricanes
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Emergency Preparedness
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 26
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Indiana Teamwork During a Flood Emergency
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 29
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Rates and Long-Term Sustainability
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Technology: Ammonia – A Growing Problem with a Practical Solution
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 36
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 37
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 38
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Emergency Management: Biological Wastewater Treatment Toxicity
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 41
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Insurance: Commercial General Liability Coverage Basics
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 44
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 46
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 48
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 49
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 50
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Case Study: Installing Granular Activated Carbon Today to Prevent Regulatory Issues in the Future
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 52
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Cleared for Takeoff
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 54
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Up the Creek: Birdfeeder Politics
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 56
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 57
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 59
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 60
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 62
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