Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2012 - (Page 46)

From the CEO In 1978, this once-young man began his career as Training Director with NRWA. BY ROB JOHNSON, NRWA CEO Over these 34 years, the SDWA has grown increasingly complex and the training offered by our state associations has grown to meet this daunting complexity. What began as a Our state association members are water systems. very elementary training program has branched out into We exist to meet their needs and help them be every aspect of the water and successful. As long as that principle guides our wastewater business. From certification, management, financial mission, our associations will be the trainers of and technical issues, our state choice for the industry. associations train on every topic affecting our industry. Although our beginnings and strength lie in face-to-face training, we do more web-based training than anyone. Several years ago, the Florida and Texas Rural Water Associations began online courses that are now used by all our states and have outshined everyone. Our Rural Water training programs have become the programs of choice for water systems. From our humble beginnings, none of this would have been possible without the visionary and compassionate assistance of the state primacy agencies. They have been allies and partners when our programs L Trainers of Choice LAST MONTH, EPA announced that NRWA had successfully won the bid to offer training to small water systems. Negotiations are still underway, but there are sufficient funds for all our state associations to be offering training under that contract on the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). were in their infancy and have remained faithful throughout the years. Lastly and most importantly, without the embrace of water and wastewater systems, none of our training would have lasted long. In a show of appreciation, when asked to show the support of water systems in the EPA bid, over 12,000 letters were sent by systems. Thanks to each of you who wrote! Our state association members are water systems. We exist to meet their needs and help them be successful. As long as that principle guides our mission, our associations will be the trainers of choice for the industry. How do we stay faithful to our mission? Since we are an association of water systems, each state association board is made up of managers, board members and operators of water systems. They insure that our associations meet their needs and do not let us wander haphazardly from hot issue to hot issue. We are very appreciative of the EPA contract and the beginning of a new day in that agency. I personally am looking forward to a long and meaning relationship. There are a great many dedicated professionals working at EPA who genuinely care about the public’s health and we welcome a fruitful continuing dialogue. 46 • Third Quarter 2012 http://www.naylornetwork.com/nrw-nxt3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2012

FROM THE PRESIDENT
RURAL WATER: AN INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE
CURRENT CHALLENGES TO THE RURAL WATER INDUSTRY
CREATIVE FINANCING TOOLS TO FUND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE
REGULATORY UPDATE
THROWING MY LOOP
NATIONAL REGISTRY OF WATER UNIVERSITY GRADUATES
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO

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