This forum is designed to identify the challenges facing water districts, their potential solutions and available resources as well as educate agency officials about district operations. Participants will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with legislative staff, regulators and funding agencies to discuss the unique challenges face water districts.
Formed in the early 60s, Rural Water Districts, have grown to become major participants in the protection of public health and of drinking water sources. They are a foundation of the rural economy. When many RWD were formed the sparsely populated sections of the nation were their primary service areas. Today, in many locations, these once rural areas are now urbanized and/or have merged smaller systems into their operations to provide sustainability of service to rural citizens. The make-up of large service areas, miles of pipe that transcends multiple counties, and the funding and regulatory structures designed primarily for municipal operations, now present unique funding and regulatory challenges for rural districts.
More information is available at http://nrwa.org/waterdistrictforum/