Category: Technical Assistance

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 »

Georgia Rural Water Association Leak Detection featured in EPA Video

Hogansville, Ga. – The Georgia Rural Water Association is featured in an EPA video highlighting the drought response efforts of Hogansville, Ga. Georgia Rural Water located five leaks, including a very large leak of roughly 55,000 gallons per day. Repairing the leaks reduced the town’s unaccounted water from 38% to 18%. Repairing those leaks helped… Read more »

NYRWA finds Houghton leak over Holiday

HOUGHTON, N.Y. – The holiday’s typically come with a change of pace – business slows down, employees take vacation and college students move back home. That slowed pace make the holidays a perfect time for utility repairs. On December 30, the New York Rural Water Association received a call from David Stenzel, Superintendent of the… Read more »

Alabama Rural Water assists Beauregard

BEAUREGARD, Ala. – When a massive leak threatened to put thousands of the Beauregard Water Authority’s customers out of service, the small water utility contacted the Alabama Rural Water Association. Beauregard was losing 2,418 gallons per minute, leaving a third of the system on low pressure and threatening to completely drain the water tanks. ARWA… Read more »

KRWA assists Burr Oak with contaminated well

BURR OAK, Kan. – Doug Guenther and Greg Metz, Technical Assistants with the Kansas Rural Water Association, went to the City of Burr Oak on June 24th to assist with a loss of chlorine and helped restore a contaminated well threatening the community’s health. “I came at the request of Mayor Walter Wilson, because they… Read more »