Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2010 - (Page 11)

A Successful Partnerships are Key association. From the President AS PRESIDENT OF National Rural Water Association, I am appreciative of the confidence placed in me by the NRWA Board, but humbled by the enormous tasks in front of our Since NRWA began in 1976, we have focused on fostering opportunities to enhance the success of state rural water associations to the benefit of their members, the local water-wastewater utilities. I look forward to continuing the mission with partnerships we have built across the country representing the 27,000 local rural water-wastewater utilities. My hope is that we can further enhance Rural Water’s standing and reputation through the leadership we provide to state rural water associations. In early December 2010, we plan to officially organize the Hawaii Rural Water Association. That will bring about a partnership where all 50 of the United States will have Rural Water programs available to their water-wastewater utilities. I believe in partnerships. A partnership is an arrangement in which entities and/or individuals agree to cooperate to advance their interests. Partnerships are frequent, regardless of opinions, beliefs or politics. Non-profit organizations, for example, may partner together to increase the likelihood of achieving their mission. Governments may partner with other governments to achieve their mutual goals, as many religious and political organizations do. In education, schools partner with other schools to achieve broader and better educational opportunities for their respective students. Partnerships also occur at personal levels, such as two people who go steady, get engaged or married. Partnerships between governments, interest-based organizations, schools, businesses and individuals, or some combination thereof, have always been and remain important avenues for accomplishing more than the sum of its parts. Working with others has always been the hallmark of Rural Water. I’m proud of what our state associations and their utility members have accomplished in the 35 years of our organization. We continue to grow and prosper and have dramatic impact on the people we serve, the states we work within as well as our elected representatives locally and nationally. Partnerships that combine resources and reputations allow us to be more successful in advancing our mutual agendas and policy objectives—to the benefit of all partners. Rural Water’s partnerships with USDA, FSA, RD and EPA are important to the well-being of our membership. We will continue to nurture our partnerships with U.S. senators and representatives who work shoulder-to-shoulder with us in Washington, DC. I know our partners within the entire water and wastewater industry are acutely aware of the chances for impending water crises and see these as perhaps the most broad-reaching national water issue in the coming decade. Rural Water is dedicated to advancing our programs from the local, state and national policy levels. I believe that we can effectively deal with any crisis and continue to grow our partnerships to the benefit of our most important partners, the citizens of America. Thank you for your support and your partnership with Rural Water. I look forward to working for you during my tenure as your president. BY JOE LILES, NRWA PRESIDENT I’m proud of what our state associations and their utility members have accomplished in the 35 years of our organization. We continue to grow and prosper and have dramatic impact on the people we serve, the states we work within as well as our elected representatives locally and nationally. Fourth Quarter 2010 • 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2010

Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2010
Table of Contents
From the President
Running Out of Water
Freshwater Scarcity: The Greatest Crisis Most Americans Have Never Heard Of
Climate Change!?
Protecting Indiana's Water Supply
Fussing and Fighting in the Same Sandbox or Working Together for the Community?
2010 Waterpro Wrap-Up
Regulatory Update
Quality on Tap Pride!
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
From the CEO

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