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Wrapping Up the 2008 Rural Water Rally AL WATER STAND UP F STAND UP FOR RURAL AMERICA! Beginning last fall, NRWA has been TAND UP FOR RURA RA FOR RURAL WATER promoting this message all across the nation. “Let your voice be heard” was R AL WATER STAND UP F the catalyst in April, as over 400 rural water family members descended on STAND UP FOR RUR Washington, D.C. and the offices of Senators and House members. R FOR RURAL WATER NRWA President Rodney Tart AL WATER STAND UP F opened the Rally, encouraging attendTAND UP FOR RURA ees to be seen and heard on “the Hill” FOR RURAL WATER that week. Dignitaries from EPA, RUS AL WATER STAND UP F and USDA extolled the partnerships their agencies have with Rural Water, TAND UP FOR RURA and gave some brief glimpses as to FOR RURAL WATER what the future will hold for all of us. AL WATER STAND UP F Stephen L. Johnson, EPA administrator, along with Ben Grumbles, assistant FO TAND UP FOR RURA administrator, EPA Office of Drinking L FOR RURAL WATER Water, both applauded NRWA and Ru- Randy Van Dyke, A AL WATER STAND UP F ral Water for their environmental ef- chairman of the International Rural forts. James M. Andrew, administraTAND UP FOR RURA tor, RUS, USDA, spoke about growing Water Association, presents NRWA FOR RURAL WATER up in rural Georgia and the need for CEO Rob Johnson AL WATER STAND UP F Rural Water to continue the excellent with a “Certificate Glen Keppey, associate of Recognition TAND UP FOR RURA work they do. programs, FSA, USDA, from the citizens of administrator, RURAL WATER 08 spoke on the important efforts Rural Water makes in training and teaching about water sources and their long-term effect on rural water supplies. President Tart joined EPA’s Ben Grumbles on stage to sign an agreement of understanding proclamation between EPA and NRWA on the efforts of both organizations towards “Conservation Awareness in Utility Operations.” This joint effort will focus on the fact that water conservation is a key element in environmental protection. The proclamation also reads that it is within the best management practices of water & wastewater utilities to protect against water loss and its direct impact on the conservation of water supplies, and how water loss is directly related to energy usage and increased cost of production. It also stated that water conservation is in the best interests of the environment, the utility and the consumer. The proclamation was designed to reinforce that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Rural Water Association work in a joint effort to raise the awareness of water loss to rural water utilities nationwide. The Rally is OUR most important tool in keeping Congress informed about the importance of Rural Water in America. The constant efforts of dedicated people within the Rural Water family and their leaders help us attain over $1 billion in loans, grants and programs that help provide clean, safe, quality and affordable water for millions of rural Americans. Marcala, Honduras and the IRWA for his humanitarian efforts to improve the quality of life for others.” Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems President Loren Crain presents NRWA President Rodney Tart with a black Stetson cowboy hat. Helping place the hat is Wyoming National Director Earl McKinney. 42 Secon Quarter 2008 42 • Second Quarter 2008 Second arter 00 er 08

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2008

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2008
From The President
Western Water Wars
Are You in a Drought, and what can You do about it?
High Costs On The Horizon?
Water Reuse - Florida's Future
Funding Rural America's Water And Wastewater Needs
Relations and Technical Issues Top EPA Summit Agenda
New Medicine Disposal Partnership
Regulatory Update
2008 Rural Water Rally Coverage
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers
From The CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2008