TULSA, Okla. – On Friday May 5, National Rural Water Association officers and staff met with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in Tulsa, Okla. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the association to the Administrator and offer the association’s expertise and experience as a resource in regulatory affairs as they relate to rural and small community water and wastewater systems.
The discussion centered around regulatory fixes as identified by NRWA membership to include consecutive system issues and Total Maximum Daily Load regulations. The Administrator stressed that the agency was in the review process of regulatory issues and encouraged the association to formally submit comments. The NRWA representatives encouraged the agency to view rural and small systems as protectors of public health and the environment as opposed to a regulatory burden.
“The meeting was very informative and the open discussion was very meaningful,” said NRWA President Steve Fletcher, who manages Washington County Water company. “Hopefully this meeting is the start of a collaborative process that results in more affordability consideration in the regulatory review and processes.”
Senior Vice President Steve Wear, Manager of Conway County Regional Water in Arkansas; Vice President David Baird, District Coordinator, Sussex Conservation District in Delaware; Treasurer John O’Connell, Chief Operator, Dryden WWTP, New York; and Secretary Kent Watson, Manager Wickson Creek Special Utility District in Bryan, Texas also attended the meeting.