Category: Emergency Response

West Virginia Rural Water Deploys Mobile Treatment Plant to Assist Community Without Water

GREEN SPRINGS, W.V – When the Central Hampshire County Public Service District was having problems filling the water tanks that serviced the town of Green Springs, they contacted the West Virginia Rural Water Association for assistance. Rural Water quickly discovered the utility was facing a more serious problem, and provided the assistance to restore the… Read more »

Rural Water Restoring Water after Hurricane Matthew

DUNCAN, Okla. – State Rural Water Associations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are assisting water and wastewater systems damaged by high winds and floods created by Hurricane Matthew. Matthew passed along Florida’s Atlantic coast starting on Oct. 7 and moved north before turning further out to sea. High winds and flooding resulted… Read more »

Rural Water Associations Brace for Hurricane Matthew

DUNCAN, Okla. – Rural Water Associations in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are preparing for the landfall of Hurricane Matthew. The National Hurricane Center is predicting that the center of the storm will pass close to the Atlantic coast, possibly making landfall in Florida, as a Category 4 Hurricane. Matthew is expected to bring winds… Read more »

Florida Rural Water Responds to Hurricane Hermine

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With Hurricane Hermine swirling in the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Rural Water Association started making preparations for the storm’s landfall. The association’s effort kept water flowing despite widespread damage and power loss. Hermine was the first hurricane to make landfall in 11 years. During that time, Rural Water has been enhancing… Read more »

Rural Water Responds to Massive Floods in Louisiana

KINDER, La. – The Louisiana Rural Water Association has been assisting small utilities reeling from historic flooding that covered 20 parishes, damaged over 60,000 homes, caused the evacuation of over 20,000 residents and kept 265,000 children out of school. “The devastation is comparable to the Katrina and Rita Hurricanes but without the winds and the… Read more »

Destin Donates Generators; Supports FRWA Rapid Response and Recovery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Heavy storms and flooding left several small water utilities in need of assistance. When the Florida Rural Water Association responded, they had three extra generators, thanks to the support of a larger utility. Destin Water Users, which serves the popular vacation destination of Florida’s Emerald Coast, donated three generators to FRWA and… Read more »

Rural Water Assists Flooded Communities

DUNCAN, Okla. –Responders from Louisiana Rural Water Association rush to build a berm of earth and plastic to protect a community’s wells from rising floodwater. It is only one example of Rural Water Associations in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas working to protect and restore water service for communities threatened by recent floods. The flooding began after a… Read more »

USDA Offers Support to Utilities Facing El Niño

WASHINGTON, DC – The US Department of Agriculture is offering support to rural utilities that may be impacted by this year’s predicted El Niño climate conditions. El Niño is defined by prolonged warming in the Pacific Ocean surface temperatures. This warming creates a disruption in the ocean-atmosphere system, impacting weather across the globe. Winters, during… Read more »

Washington Rural Water Assists During State’s Largest Fire

OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. – Staff from the Evergreen Rural Water Association of Washington assisted water and wastewater utilities impacted by massive fires in Okanogan County. The fire is considered the largest in Washington state history, burning an area over four times the size of Seattle, and causing over $11 million in property damage. The fires… Read more »

Rural Water assists after S.C. floods

New Holland, S.C. – Heavy rain and flood water deluged South Carolina in October, causing billions of dollars of damage and leaving many residents without water. On October 13, Jesse Miller, a circuit rider with the South Carolina Rural Water Association helped restore service to one rural farming community. The South Carolina Department of Health… Read more »