Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2014 - (Page 60)
From the CEO
Voice and Your Vote
are Powerful Tools
ONE OF THE benefits of being part of a nationwide
organization with programs that reach every congressional
district of every state is the power of legislative
representation. The Rural Water Rally is an important event
that opens National Rural Water's representation efforts for
that year. Taking place each year in Washington D.C., the
Rural Water Rally connects legislative decision makers and
their staff with their Rural Water constituents early in the
BY SAM WADE, NRWA CEO
This Rally is where every system and all system personnel can play a
major role in supporting the Rural Water profession. Rural Water has achieved
an exceptional record of legislative success because of the participation of
individuals, telling their story of how Rural Water has impacted their life.
"All politics is local." According to Wikipedia, this common phrase "is
most closely associated with former Speaker of the U.S. House Tip O'Neill.
This simple phrase encapsulates the principle that a politician's success is
directly tied to the person's ability to understand and influence the issues
of their constituents. Politicians must appeal to the everyday concerns of
those who elect them into office. Those personal issues, rather than big and
intangible ideas, are often what voters care most about."
The Rural Water Rally is the catalyst to get the Rural Water message
across. That message is the need for affordable infrastructure funding
through the Rural Utilities Service and the State Revolving Loan Fund
along with training and assistance in meeting the ever-increasing demands
of regulations on limited staff and resources. Success at Rally is critical
because it is strategically scheduled very early in the process - the work done
during Rally lays the foundation for legislative efforts throughout the year.
How can one employee at a Rural Water system make a difference in this
national effort? Through the power of association. Like the many strands of
a rope, each individual voice adds strength to the message. Your participation lends strength and credibility to the leaders of your state association.
One of the numerous ways an individual can support his or her state
association's legislative efforts is to attend the Rural Water Rally. Contact
your state association office and volunteer to support the effort in person.
Remember, you are the local in "all politics is local" - your voice and your
vote are powerful tools in supporting the Rural Water message.
Those unable to tell their story in person can work with their state
association to write a letter detailing the impact Rural Water has had and
your support for Rural Water's efforts.
This letter can be sent to your elected
Representative or be carried into meetings by your state association where they
can use it as a sign of local support. Your
state association can also help you share
the Rural Water message through a phone
call to your Representative, a town hall
meeting, or by contacting a congressional
district office. Invite your elected officials and their staff to tour your system so
they can see the challenges you face and
the impact you have on your community.
Your association has been successful over the years ensuring continued
affordable funding, resources and reasonable, practical and affordable regulatory
relief to include electronic submission of
the Consumer Confidence Report rather
than printing. Today, the political world
is focused on large intangible issues and
your voice is needed to bring the local
issue forward. There is too much at stake
to say, "someone else will take care of
that." Will you make the call? Send the
e-mail? Attend the meeting? Help your
state association deliver the message?
NEWS ALERT: Politicians, regardless
of party, drink water!
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2014
From the President
Cyber Security for Busy People
10 Ways Technology Is Changing the Future of Water
Innovation and Improvements: Grady County Water District #6
A Donation to Make a Difference: Hd Supply Waterworks Donates Waterstep’s M-100 Portable Water Purification Systems
Why I Rally!
Success in Seattle: Waterpro 2014
National Rural Water Association’s Awards of Excellence
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/ advertisers.com
From the Ceo
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2014