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and focused on large, metropolitan water
utilities. This left smaller utilities and rural
communities without the resources to
meet those standards. Therefore, the
NRWA and state-level associations were
formed to help those smaller entities
address that gap.
In addition to Rural Development, the
Bureau of Reclamation is another federal
agency that got involved in rural water
projects starting in the mid-1980s. The
projects they funded were through specific
authorizations based on comprehensive

rural water system planning documents.
Many of the authorized projects were
either specifically for or included Native
American tribes.

The current state of water
infrastructure
In 2015, the United Nations reported
that the world is likely to suffer a 40
percent shortfall in water by 2030 unless
countries dramatically change their use
of water resources. This highlights the
increasing importance of responsible

conservation of this natural resource.
Yet, as water system infrastructure
ages, water loss is a growing problem
and leakage recovery has become an
increasing priority. In fact, new standards
for recovering non-revenue water have
been developed and states such as Texas,
Georgia and Wisconsin are beginning to
require regular, comprehensive validated
water audits. While water systems strive to
be good stewards of our water resources,
leak detection and the maintenance of aging
pipe and other infrastructure will become
increasingly important as systems plan for
future needs.
According to a 2018 American Water
Works Association report, renewal and
replacement of infrastructure and financing
for capital improvements top the list of
water industry concerns for the fourth
year running.2 This is an understandable
concern as state and federal funding
continues to decline.
Yet, despite limited funding, even
today rural water systems and their
related infrastructure are particularly
economically important. For example,
in regions that serve as agricultural
and livestock bases, large dairies and
confinement operations would not be
possible without the presence of Rural
Water. These industries are key to the
economies of many rural areas. Other rural
water districts are essential in meeting
the growing demands of suburbia. Large
systems such as Washington Co. RWD
No. 3, north of Tulsa, Oklahoma, serve
more than 10,000 residential customers,
many in high-density subdivisions. As
the population density increases, large
commercial customers are attracted and
water districts are challenged with meeting
municipal-level service, such as 1,000 to
2,000 gpm fire flows. Such demands pose
great stresses on existing transmission
and storage facilities. The growth also
fuels legal complexities related to
municipal boundaries and a water district's
service obligations if they wish to defend
their boundaries.
Given the economic importance of rural
water systems, it is important to maintain a
consistent water supply to users. However,
that is not necessarily an easy task. These
rural water systems own and operate
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018

From the President
Infrastructure and Rural Water
Rural Prosperity Through Infrastructure, Partnerships and Innovation
Building Your Reserves to Plan for the Future
Rural Water Loan Fund Helps Small System Repair Well After Lightning Strike
State Rural Water Association Profile: Kansas Rural Water Association
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Case Study: Screw Pumps Provide Treatment Plant with Efficient Alternative
Up the Creek: The Secret of Longevity
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Intro
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - bellyband1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - bellyband2
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - cover2
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 3
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 4
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 7
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 8
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 9
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Infrastructure and Rural Water
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 16
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Rural Prosperity Through Infrastructure, Partnerships and Innovation
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 19
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 20
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Building Your Reserves to Plan for the Future
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 22
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 23
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 24
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Rural Water Loan Fund Helps Small System Repair Well After Lightning Strike
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - State Rural Water Association Profile: Kansas Rural Water Association
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 28
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 29
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Regulatory Update
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 37
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 38
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Case Study: Screw Pumps Provide Treatment Plant with Efficient Alternative
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 43
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 44
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Up the Creek: The Secret of Longevity
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 46
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 47
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 49
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - From the CEO
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