Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 25

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

RURAL WATER

Small System
LOAN Helps
Repair Well After
FUND Lightning Strike
damaged Well Number 3 for the Leaf
Water Association in Leaf, Mississippi,
it created a financial emergency for the
small utility. A loan from the National Rural
Water Association's Rural Water Loan
Fund helped the system make affordable
emergency repairs to the well.
"We had a lightning strike that split
open the steel pipe and damaged the
pump at the well," explained Leaf Water
Association Treasurer Pam McClendon.
"We were in a bind and we needed help."
The repairs were estimated at over
$140,000, well above the funds the
system had on-hand.
"We didn't have the funds and there
were no grants available," McClendon
said. "We decided to try something other
than the bank because the interest was so
much higher."
The water association contacted the
Mississippi Rural Water Association and
began investigating the National Rural
Water Association's Rural Water Loan
Fund. The Rural Water Loan Fund is a
funding program specifically designed to
meet the unique needs of small water and
wastewater utilities. The RWLF provides

low-cost loans for short-term repair costs,
small capital projects, or pre-development
costs associated with larger projects. The
RWLF was established through a grant
from the USDA/RUS, and repaid funds
are used to replenish the fund and make
new loans.
"We decided working with rural water
was a good investment," McClendon said.
The RWLF is designed to have a
simple, easy application process.
"I went online and filled out the
application," she said. "It was very easy,
and I corresponded with NRWA several
times. Everyone was very helpful."
The loan was a huge benefit and
allowed Leaf Water Association to make
emergency repairs to their well.
"We were just so glad to get it fixed,"
McClendon said. "When we learned the
loan was approved, I jumped up and gave
a shout."
McClendon considers Leaf's Rural
Water Loan a success and is very happy
with the program.
"It's an awesome program for small,
rural communities like Leaf," she said.
"We were not put on the backburner
because we were small." ‚óŹ

A LOAN FROM
THE NATIONAL
RURAL WATER
ASSOCIATION'S
RURAL WATER
LOAN FUND HELPED
THE SYSTEM MAKE
AFFORDABLE
EMERGENCY REPAIRS
TO THE WELL.
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When a lightning strike

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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
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 5
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 6
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
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 27
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
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 36
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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