DUNCAN, Okla. – The National Rural Water Association has announced a new series of affinity programs to support small water and wastewater utilities across the country. These programs will be available through State Rural Water Associations as a benefit for their members.
“These affinity programs are part of NRWA’s primary mission to support our state associations,” said NRWA CEO Sam Wade. “These new programs will allow state association’s to provide new services and value to their members.”
One of the new affinity programs is Water Loss Insurance.
“I know the sting of a water leak first hand,” Wade explained. “I had a leak that led to a $784 bill from my rural water district. I could have bought over 32 years of Water Loss coverage for the price of that single bill.”
The new insurance program was designed with input from utilities, creating coverage that protect both the system and the utilities against losses from service line breaks. Surveys show that roughly half of utilities have a water loss forgiveness polices, resulting in lost revenue and spreading the cost for repairs across all customers. Those without forgiveness polices create huge bills for customers that suffer leaks.
This new water loss insurance policy provides additional repair options and protections against other costs. Information is available at www.nrwa.org/affinity. Utilities interested in these programs should contact their state association for more information.