Category: News

What Exactly is a Sustainable Water System?

An article for this quarter’s Rural Water magazine. To read other articles from this issue, please click here.  By Kirk Stinchcombe, Waterworth CEO What exactly is a “sustainable” water or wastewater system? This term gets thrown around a lot, and it seems like everyone has a slightly different idea of what it means. I tend to… 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 »

WaterPro 2019: You’re Invited to the Industry Event of the Year

Duncan, Okla. – The WaterPro Conference, coordinated by the National Rural Water Association, will be held in Nashville, TN at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, September 9 – 11. This event brings together  water and wastewater utility systems – large and small, municipal and rural – for sessions in operations, management, boardsmanship and governance. Registration has been… 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 »

Conservation Starts Conversations

In conjunction with US EPA’s Fix a Leak we want to share this article from Rural Water. By Tim Roberston, CEO, SaveWaterSaveMoney Last week, I came home from the supermarket with a big smile on my face. I’d managed to pick up a huge T-Bone steak at the end of its shelf life, saving me… Read more »

ICYMI: Rural Water Rally 2019

Washington, DC – Days leading up to this year’s Rally were filled with uncertainty with the longest government shutdown in U.S. history that lasted 35 days. A week before Rally was to kick-off, agreements were reached, and the government was back in business. Despite the questionability of government activity, states scheduled appointments with elected officials… Read more »

The Fabric of America

According to the US EPA, there are 50,067 community water supply systems (CWS) in the nation. Over half or 55% of these systems serve populations of 500 or less. Sustainability is a concern of regulators, legislators and interested parties and it continues to be a leading policy issue on the forefront of local governing boards,… Read more »