NRWA’s In-Service Training Keeps Rural Water as Leader in Water Industry Expertise

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The National Rural Water Association held their annual In-Service training event June 26-29 in New Orleans, La. This annual event is for Rural Water staff to get the training and education necessary to remain the foremost experts in the water industry.

“This is one of my favorite meetings,” said NRWA CEO Sam Wade, “because this meeting is about improving ourselves.”

During the opening session, NRWA President Steve Fletcher also spoke about the organization’s continued support for the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service. The RUS has been making low-interest loans to build and upgrade water and wastewater systems for 70 years, but recent budget proposals would eliminate the program. NRWA recently launched a site to highlight the impact of the USDA program on Rural Utilities.

“My utility would not exist without this program,” said Fletcher, who worked for 35 years as an operator and a manager for the Washington County Water Co. in Illinois.

Some of the training at this year’s in-service include Cybersecurity Awareness presented by the Automation Federation and a two-day session on Soil Heath and Water presented by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.