Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2011 - (Page 50)

From the CEO Support Water Certification Training SPEAKER OF THE House Carl Albert quickly realized that his two constituents were right. The newly passed Safe Drinking Water Act would shut down his he wanted to do something to help. Marvin Scherler, Associations, and R.K. Johnson, Executive Director of both associations, told the Speaker about a training hometown water system in Bugtussle, Oklahoma, and President of the Oklahoma and National Rural Water program that had been very successful in their home state of Oklahoma for several years and how it would help small water systems meet this new act. To make and the Rural Water Training program began in eight states in 1977. It started a long term partnership with EPA to help small systems. In the early days of the program, it was not uncommon for regional EPA staff to attend training sessions and talk with small S In the last 34 years, many of the water operators received their initial water certification training through the state rural water association. Rare is the system person who has not attended a rural water training session in their state. BY ROB JOHNSON, NRWA CEO a long and complicated story short, Mr. Albert did help systems personnel one-on-one. While it lasted, it was good for both the water systems and EPA and created a better understanding about the roles and challenges for both parties. 50 • Second Quarter 2011 In the early days, there was never enough time for enough training sessions. We all had so much to learn. But in the late 1970’s, little did we realize that our job would grow to the complexity we see today. Not only has the number of EPA regulations exploded, but the RUS paperwork has increased and now we have Homeland Security in our business also. The Rural Water Training programs quickly grew beyond just training. The free time in the sessions became a time to talk about other issues and grew into a forum of great benefits. It was a time to talk with the primacy agency, Rural Development and the State Revolving Agency about pressing and often personal issues. In the 1980’s, the only remaining Training Specialist in EPA became the project officer for our training program. Ken Hay brought a level of professionalism and new training ideas that dramatically moved this effort to a new level. He retired years ago but his legacy is still impacting this program. In the last 34 years, many of the water operators received their initial water certification training through the state rural water association. Rare is the system person who has not attended a rural water training session in their state. In 2007, this training program was not funded by the federal government and a number of state primacy agencies expressed their concerns because this is a vital component of their training plans. This year as Congress struggles to pass a budget, several state primacy agencies have written letters of support for this vital program. Congress has much to consider when passing a budget, and if you have not told your elected official that you need and support this program, how will they know it is important? In a democracy we must express our needs to those we elect.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2011

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2011
Contents
From the President
Reducing Energy Costs for Public Water Systems
Are You There Yet? Evaluating Your Portfolio
Where the Dollars Are: The Low Hanging Fruit in Money and Energy Savings
Information Technology and Water Systems
Stormwater Solution
The Next Workforce
Water University Graduates
The Voice of Rural Water: Rural Water Rally 2011
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2011

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