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AS WATER AND WASTEWATER HAVE
BECOME FAR MORE TECHNICAL AND
REGULATED, KRWA HAS ADDED EXPERTISE
TO CONTINUE TO FILL THE ASSOCIATION'S
MISSION OF ANSWERING QUESTIONS
WHEN ASKED. ITS 18-PERSON STAFF
HAS A CUMULATIVE 500 YEARS OF
EXPERIENCE IN WATER AND WASTEWATER.

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The association's magazine, The Kansas Lifeline, carries
regular features by the board president, staff, legal
council and associate members, as well as a fun and
philosophy page. The July 2018 issue was 112 pages.

water districts-more FmHA loans made
it possible.
By 1965, it was clear that these
disparate groups needed help. Three
districts and FmHA representatives met
to organize the State Association of
Kansas Rural Water Districts. (The name
was changed to Kansas Rural Water
Association in 1976.)
"There was no Safe Drinking
Water Act," Ronnebaum said; it was
enacted in 1974. "They were looking for
better information and structure to the
rural systems."
It surely was needed. Ronnebaum
notes the "plethora" of rural water
systems; one county alone has more
than 15 different small districts. When
they were founded, they were "governed
by somewhat independently-minded
individuals and sometimes those persons
had never served on any kind of a public
agency. It was a learning curve over and
over again for the federal agency. The
county supervisors of the Farmers Home
Administration were like ex officio board
members because they would attend
virtually every meeting."
As KRWA grew, it took on the tasks of
providing training and technical assistance
for water in 1976, adding wastewater in
1980. Bob Ewan joined as the first circuit
rider in 1980, a position he held until the
early 1990s.
Ronnebaum joined the KRWA board
in 1976. The board chair asked how he

would contribute. "I said, 'I would start
a newsletter and let people know you
exist.'" He still edits The Kansas Lifeline,
KRWA's magazine that is posted online
(www.krwa.net) for anyone to enjoy.
"How do you get somebody involved in an
organization if you restrict their access to
it?" he asks. In 1995, he became general
manager, but "I still wash windows and
scrub the floor." He strongly believes
in transparency as the association
posts for public access nearly all the
correspondence staff sent to systems
concerning technical assistance visits.
KRWA presently has more than 8,000
letters accessible through its website.
In 1989, KRWA reincorporated after
reducing the size of its board to be
more efficient.

A well-oiled machine
As water and wastewater have become
far more technical and regulated, KRWA
has added expertise to continue to fill
the association's mission of answering
questions when asked. Its 18-person staff
has a cumulative 500 years of experience
in water and wastewater. That includes
five who have retired from state agencies,
including the state regulatory agency and
the former coordinator for state drinking
water for Kansas at Region 7 U.S. EPA.
Others have expertise in water rights
transfers and water rights applications,
which "in Kansas is a big deal,"
Ronnebaum says.
KRWA also works heavily on legislative
issues at the state level. "KRWA, thanks
to the support of key legislators, has been

The Kansas Rural Water Association website-www.krwa.net- is unique in that the association posts for public access
much of the correspondence sent to utilities concerning technical assistance that the association provided.

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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
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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
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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