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May 18, 2009  
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2009 In-Service a success


NEW ORLEANS, La. – Over 500 Rural Water professionals flooded into New Orleans for the National Rural Water Association’s annual training in-service, held May 12-14.
                “It was a success, we’ve had a lot of positive feedback,” said Paul Strope, head of the NRWA’s training program.
                The in-service opened with speeches by the NRWA Board President Fred Sheldon, CEO Robert Johnson and Patrick Credeur, executive director of the Louisiana Rural Water Association.
                “You are the face of our association,” Johnson said to the assembled water technicians. “The assistance you provide in the field is all some utilities know of our work.
                Each state rural water association sends personnel from their various programs, including drinking water, wastewater, source water protection and training. In-service is one of the programs that allow the field staff of these state associations to keep up-to-date on the latest regulations, funding opportunities and technical advancement. This continued training makes the rural water field staff the industry leader in training and technical assistance for small water systems.
                Experts and guest speakers from NRWA state affiliates, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service presented on a variety of topics. Presentations ranged from information on the Ground Water Rule, Basic Hydrology, Aquifers, and Gas Operations Discharge to Identification of Grant Recipients, Rate Structures, Water Sustainability, Wells and the Check-Up Program for Small Systems. In-service also featured a special track on Emergency Response, a course designed to produce emergency responders to assist with disaster relief.

See In-Service Photos below:     
Gallery 1 Gallery 2 Gallery 3 Gallery 4 Gallery 5 Gallery 6

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