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American West Fighting Raging Wildfires

While Louisiana and parts of Texas are starting the recovery process after devastating Hurricane Laura, California and the Pacific Northwest are battling raging wildfires. California had a record 2.5 million […]

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The Rural Water Perspective

By Susan Robbins, Louisiana Rural Water Association Source Water Protection Specialist Among the unsung hero’s during a disaster are Water & Wastewater systems personnel and those agencies who help to […]

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Rural Water Responds to Devastating Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura struck the Louisiana coastline as a Category 4 storm on Thursday, August 27, 2020. Early Thursday morning, Laura was reaching windspeeds up to 110 miles per hour. The […]

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Project Rebound Delivers Essential PPE to Marion County, Kentucky

On Monday May 11, 2020, Project Rebound delivered masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant to local small businesses in Marion County, Kentucky. The state will begin a process to reopen businesses […]

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Tennessee Association of Utility Districts Assists Community After Devastating Tornado

Written by: Johnny Walker & Kevin Gilliam of TAUD At approximately 1:52 a.m. on March 3, 2020, a deadly EF-4 tornado touched down and ravaged several neighborhoods in Putnam County, […]

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Multiple Tornadoes Cause Damage in Western Ohio

Thirteen recorded tornadoes caused destruction across western Ohio on May 27, including the city of Dayton and surrounding areas. Dayton is a major water supplier to towns and cities in […]

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Iowa Rural Water Assists with Recovery Efforts in Hamburg

Iowa endured historic flooding along with other Midwestern states last month and conditions worsened for Hamburg, Iowa when the levees broke on March 17. Iowa Rural Water Association Circuit Rider […]

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Widespread Flooding Impacts Nebraska

Nearly eight million people were under flood warnings in the Midwest on Tuesday March 12, after a “bomb cyclone” had blown its way through. Flood waters were especially widespread in […]

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North Carolina Rural Water Assists Community Locating Leaks, Saving Thousands of Dollars

TRYON, N. C. – A pair of leaks strained the capacity of the Tryon, N. C. water treatment plant, but assistance from the North Carolina Rural Water Association helped locate […]

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Utah Rural Water Assists Community with High-Pressure Leaks

DUCHESNE, Utah – Jeff Schnar stood at the base of the mountain where a pair of leaks and 310 psi water pressure had knocked out service for 168 customers of […]

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Rural Water Teams Restore Water, Wastewater Service to Devastated Mexico Beach Florida

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. – When Phillip Hall drove into the Mexico Beach water plant and saw the water tower laying on the ground storage tank, he knew the city’s water […]

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Florida Rural Water Helps Rebuild Water and Wastewater Mains After Hurricane Destroys Infrastructure

PORT ST JOE, Fla. – Rows of broken, blue watermain pipe lay alongside the highway on Cape San Blas while crews dig trenches for new water and wastewater line. The […]

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Florida Rural Water Restores Water and Wastewater Service in Wewahitchka after Hurricane

WEWAHITCHKA, Fla. – Hurricane Michael left the city of Wewahitchka, Fla. completely without water and wastewater service when it made landfall on October 10th. Assistance from the Florida Rural Water […]

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Florida Water Helps Port St. Joe Recover from Hurricane Michael

PORT ST JOE, Fla. – When Hurricane Michael made landfall, Port St. Joe water plant staff watched the wind hurl fifty-gallon steel drums from the yard into the tree line. […]

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Louisiana Rural Water Association Helps Restore Water in Parker, Fla. After Hurricane Michael

PARKER, Fla. – Amber Parkle and her daughter had been without water for ten days, and they cheered when responders from the Louisiana Rural Water Association opened their meter and […]

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Georgia Rural Water Restores Water in Bainbridge After Hurricane Michael

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – Hurricane Michael brought unexpected damage to Bainbridge, Ga., carrying Category 3 strength winds over 100 miles from the shore, uprooting trees, knocking out power and disrupting water […]

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Mississippi Rural Water Aids Hurricane-Ravaged Callaway

CALLAWAY, Fla. – The streets of Callaway, Fla. are lined with piles of debris with power poles and transformers crumpled in the ditches. There is no electricity, but aid from […]

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Georgia Rural Water Restores Water in Camilla After Hurricane Michael

CAMILLA, Ga. – When Hurricane Michael roared through southwest Georgia, it left the city of Camilla, Ga. damaged, without power, and eventually without water. Assistance from the Georgia Rural Water […]

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Rural Water Prepared to Assist Utilities After Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – When Hurricane Michael made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane and the most powerful storm to hit the continental United States in 14 years, emergency responders from […]

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Rural Water Prepares for Hurricane Impact along the Southeastern US

In preparation of Hurricane Florence’s landfall, National Rural Water Association (NRWA) and its State Associations stand ready to assist with water and wastewater systems’ emergency needs. Hurricane Florence is predicted […]

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Kentucky Rural Water and Neighboring Systems Assist Community When Source Runs Dry

WHEELWRIGHT, Ken. – When the City of Wheelwright’s water source ran dry, experts from the Kentucky Rural Water Association and crews from neighboring communities rallied to connect to a new […]

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Rural Water Loan Fund Helps Small System Repair Well After Lightning Strike

Rural Water Loan Fund Want to learn more about the Rural Water Loan Fund? Read more in the upcoming August issue of Rural Water magazine or Click Here LEAF, Miss. […]

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Rural Water Endures Blizzard to Find Leak that Left Two Communities Without Water

JAY VILLAGE, Maine – When a massive water leak drained the tanks of the Jay Village Water District and threatened to consume the supplies of the Livermore Falls Water District, […]

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Rural Water Assists Southern Utilities Struggling with Extreme Cold

DUNCAN, Okla. –  When extremely cold temperatures moved through the Southern U.S in January, several water utilities struggled with hard freezes, broken pipes and low pressure. Rural Water professionals from […]

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Rural Water Gives Hope to Puerto Rican Utilities Without Water for Months

NARANJITO, Puerto Rico – The Las Cruces water system in Naranjito, Puerto Rico lost power when Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20, 2017. The system was without power for […]

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