Category: Initiatives

Oklahoma Sets Industry Leading Precedence by Signing Strategic Alliance Agreement

August 22nd of 2019 was a day that should be noted in Oklahoma history as the first Strategic Alliance Agreement was formally signed between the Oklahoma State Secretary of Energy and Environment, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, and the Oklahoma Rural Water Association, and was ratified by the Governor of Oklahoma… Read more »

IRWA Breaks Ground for Technical Training Facility

Idaho Rural Water Association (IRWA) broke ground on its almost 11,000 square foot Technical Training Center located in Boise, Idaho on August 8, 2019. This facility will be used to train incoming apprentices and help with emergency response hands-on education that will benefit small communities and rural areas all across Idaho. It will house both… Read more »

Source Water Protection Specialists Visit South Florida Water Management District

While attending NRWA’s In-Service Training in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USDA Source Water Protection Specialists from across the country visited the South Florida Water Management District. As the attendees toured the grounds, they learned about A-1 Flow Equalization Basin (FEB), which is one of several projects in the State of Florida’s Restoration Strategies plan to improve… Read more »

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 the area, like the rural water system in Brookville. Due to the damage from the EF4 tornado, the system in Dayton stopped supplying water to… Read more »

Stutsman Water District Grows with Local Cooperation and Decisions – A Case Study

Many years ago, the conversations began as, “How are we going to provide water service to consumers across vast, scarcely populated areas of rural America?” After cities, towns, and rural water districts successfully provided solutions, the concern became, “Can we maintain quality service and an adequate water supply for future generations?” Through no small feat,… Read more »

The Loss of Community Water Supply: Good or Bad?

By Sam Wade, NRWA CEO An incremental decrease of community water supply systems supports the effectiveness of local-decision making as environmental and financial landscapes change over the course of time. According to the US EPA Echo database, there has been a reduction of 336 systems in the last year from the 50,067 in 2018 to… Read more »

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 Zeb McFarland headed out to assist in recovery and assessed the damaged areas with Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). After sitting down with city… Read more »

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 Nebraska, with Gov. Pete Ricketts saying it was the “most widespread disaster we have had in our state’s history.” (cnn.com) Snowfall amounted to 12-17 inches… Read more »

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 the South Duchesne Culinary Water System in Duchesne, Utah. Assistance from the Rural Water Association of Utah helped protect the public health, repair the leaks… Read more »