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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.
- Gary Williams, Executive Director,
Florida Rural Water Association
had counted upon other water utilities
helping us transport equipment to
damaged areas. Last year demonstrated
that they had other things going on. They
were worried about another impending
storm hitting them, so they couldn't
deploy. We had to work on logistics to get
equipment where it was needed."
Florida runs about 450 miles north
and south and more than 360 miles
east to west. With such a large area to

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cover, it might make sense to deploy
some resources near where the storm is
expected. But "that's a tough judgment
call," Williams said. In 2016, FRWA didn't
deploy in advance "mainly because the
first storm hit where all our equipment
was at. The second one was predicted
to come ashore in South Florida but kept
coming up the coast. We didn't know
where to deploy the equipment, so we
left it safely in the warehouse."

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In some cases, deploying nearby
might make more sense, though it is
important that the equipment stay "out of
the impact zone, but close to the damage
zone," Williams said. "That sounds good,
but it's never easy to determine."
Florida has the added headache of
storms coming into the southern part of
the state, crossing into the Gulf of Mexico
and turning up the Panhandle. "At that
point, we have to have the ability to split
our equipment."
The southeastern region often works
together, providing assistance when
disaster strikes. "It's sort of a mutual
aid agreement without any obligation,"
Williams said. "If a hurricane hits South
Carolina and other hurricanes are lined up
like they sometimes are, I may not be able
to deploy."
Not all rural water utilities are in
hurricane-prone areas (though 2012's
Superstorm Sandy, which hit New York
and New Jersey, certainly expanded the
idea of a hurricane zone). More often, it's
a localized disaster that may come when
flooding washes out a road, exposing or
destroying water lines. Or a tornado with
a relatively minor swath occurs.
"There are plenty of times when just
one system is impacted for one reason
or another," Horne said. "In those cases,
the association staff has assisted in
many ways. Circuit Riders and other staff
members have spent weeks working
with one system until they were ensured
the on-site assistance had the system
back online. We have even delivered
bottled water to utility customers until
their public water was restored. We
have also offered assistance in finding
emergency funding. Whatever the
need may be, rural water personnel are
dedicated to assistance efforts that result
in recovery."
But when a major event happens, rural
water systems know they can turn to their
state association for valuable assistance,
equipment and expertise.
"It's the neighbor-helping-neighbor
approach that comes to the aid of utilities
in need," Horne said.
That often provides the opportunity
for life to return to normal as quickly
as possible-and for state water
associations to continue serving
their members. ●


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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
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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 - Indiana Teamwork During a Flood Emergency
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 28
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
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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
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - From the CEO
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