Category: Technical Assistance

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 »

Mississippi Rural Water Assists Utility After Staff Turnover

WAYNESBORO, Miss. – After two years of staff turnover and political changes, the City of Waynesboro, Miss. contacted the Mississippi Rural Water Association for assistance with training new employees. Robby Mayfield, a MRWA training specialist, visited the utility to provide on-site training for Joe Zaydel, the Public Works Director and Josh West, a certified system… Read more »

South Dakota Assists Utility After Faulty Sensor Causes Problems

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. – When the town of Colton started testing positive for trihalomethanes the utility called the South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems for assistance. “The water has shown the potential to produce DBPs because it contains a significant amount of organic carbon,” explained SDARWS Training Specialist James Zeck. “Since they started using… Read more »

Nevada Rural Water Assists Utility with Decontamination

MIDAS, Nev. – When the Midas Water Cooperative in rural Elko County, Nev. tested positive for total coliform in repeated samples, they contacted the Nevada Rural Water Association for assistance. Aaron Hughes, a training specialist with the Nevada Rural Water Association, visited Midas to help inspect and disinfect the system. “I started by conducting a… Read more »

Rural Water Energy Assessment Saves Town Over $100,000

GOWANDA, N.Y. – The Village of Gowanda, N.Y. is set to save over $100,000 per year after an energy assessment by Jamie Herman from the New York Rural Water Association. Most of the savings will come from a review of the system’s utility bills, which showed the village qualified for a discounted energy rate. The… Read more »

Nevada Rural Water Assists Tribe with Automation Problems

SCHURZ, Nev. – When the Walker River Paiute Tribe’s water system was shutting down with an unexplained high pressure alarm, Nevada Rural Water Association’s Ryan Kolda came to assist. Kolda made contact with Leroy Hicks, the system operations specialist, and they began trying to find the cause of the high pressure alarm. “Leroy and I… Read more »

MassRWA Assists Easthampton Wastewater Plant

NORTHFIELD, Mass. – When Easthampton, Mass. was in danger of violating the suspended solids portion of their wastewater discharge permit, the community contacted the Mass Rural Water Association for assistance. David Kaczenski, a wastewater specialist with MassRWA, started examining the system’s aerations tanks, settling tanks and pumps. “It seemed the aeration tanks were not getting… Read more »

West Virginia Spends Months Assisting Elkins Road

SCOTT DEPOT, W.V. – A defining feature of Rural Water technical assistance is longevity – circuit riders make repeated visits over a period of weeks and months to assist utilities. West Virginia’s Bertis McCarty is an example of this persistence. He assisted the Elkins Road Public Service District in Buckhannon, W.V. with several issues over several… Read more »

Florida Uses Ground Penetrating Radar to Locate Sewer Lines

NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. – It was a potential nightmare scenario: a punctured high-pressure wastewater line spraying raw sewage into the Gulf of Mexico. When the community of Navarre Beach needed to perform some horizontal drilling on a line within 100 feet of the Gulf, they contacted the Florida Rural Water Association to help stave off… Read more »