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USDA Launches AskUSDA to Improve and Streamline Customer Experience

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2020 – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the official launch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) AskUSDA Contact Center program. The AskUSDA Contact […]

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Honoring a Rural Water Champion, Mr. Kent Evans

It is with a heavy heart that we let you know that the Rural Water family has lost a true champion. Mr. Kent Evans of South Carolina passed away early […]

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Community-Based Water Resilience: Keep Vital Services Flowing

Communities rely on water and wastewater services. Approximately 53,000 community water systems in the United States serve more than 300 million Americans, each of whom uses approximately 100 gallons of […]

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National Apprenticeship Week Spotlight – Joni Synatschk

Joni Synatschk started her career after college in the health field working in laboratory research of virology, immunohematology, serology and urology. During her first year, she was working on research […]

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National Apprenticeship Week Spotlight – Ernie Klimek

Ernie Klimek joined the United States Air Force and served as a Minuteman III ICBM Missile Systems, a Missile Facility Specialist, and a 90th Strategic Missile Wing during his time […]

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National Apprenticeship Week Spotlight – Paula Jackson

Paula Jackson joined the U.S. Air Force when she was 18 years old, quickly selecting the water resource career field. The Air Force sent her to technical school for 8 […]

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National Apprenticeship Week Spotlight – Betty Green

Betty’s career in the water industry started by running across a high school classmate she had not seen in 10 years. As they talked about how long it was since […]

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Tennessee Association of Utility District Announces Partnership to Create State’s First Water Utility Apprenticeship Program

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (November 2, 2020) – Officials with the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts (TAUD) have announced a partnership with the Bell Buckle Water & Wastewater System to create the […]

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Safety Training: Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset

By Michael Hersman, Circuit Rider, West Virginia Rural Water Association We are a technology driven industry. There are many changes being made in the water and wastewater utility industry and […]

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First Water System Operations Specialist Apprentice Graduates from Idaho

By Therese Borgerding, IRWA Apprenticeship Program Idaho Rural Water Association is pleased to announce the graduation of Steven Grigsby, the first Water System Operations Specialist apprentice for IRWA’s Apprenticeship Program. […]

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NRWA 2020 Awards of Excellence Winners

NRWA is pleased to announce our 2020 State Association Awards of Excellence winners! Watch this video to see which states won and why they were selected by the committee. 

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American West Fighting Raging Wildfires

While Louisiana and parts of Texas are starting the recovery process after devastating Hurricane Laura, California and the Pacific Northwest are battling raging wildfires. California had a record 2.5 million […]

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The Rural Water Perspective

By Susan Robbins, Louisiana Rural Water Association Source Water Protection Specialist Among the unsung hero’s during a disaster are Water & Wastewater systems personnel and those agencies who help to […]

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Rural Water Responds to Devastating Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura struck the Louisiana coastline as a Category 4 storm on Thursday, August 27, 2020. Early Thursday morning, Laura was reaching windspeeds up to 110 miles per hour. The […]

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NRWA Welcomes New CEO, Matt Holmes

Today we welcome the fourth CEO of NRWA, Matthew Holmes!“I still remember my first day working for NMRWA, when I went into the field with Circuit Rider Lupe Aragon and […]

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Rural America Needs Investment Now in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure for Coronavirus Relief

NRWA is advocating for additional tools from USDA Rural Utilities Services to address the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis and help foster economic development and public health protection. Read […]

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Important News from the National Rural Water Association

Over the past year, a lot of change has taken place at NRWA. Your association has grown to meet many new challenges facing the water sector, including expanding the NRWA […]

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Water Talk at Meadowlark

By: Mark Court, Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems First published in Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems magazine, The Wyoming Connection Who said work isn’t fun? I enjoy the […]

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Project Rebound Delivers Essential PPE to Marion County, Kentucky

On Monday May 11, 2020, Project Rebound delivered masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant to local small businesses in Marion County, Kentucky. The state will begin a process to reopen businesses […]

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Special Report: AWIA Risk and Resilience Assessment Checklist

The National Rural Water Association is pleased to announce that the partnership between the Environmental Protection Agency and NRWA has produced a simplified checklist for small systems to utilize for […]

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Tennessee Association of Utility Districts Assists Community After Devastating Tornado

Written by: Johnny Walker & Kevin Gilliam of TAUD At approximately 1:52 a.m. on March 3, 2020, a deadly EF-4 tornado touched down and ravaged several neighborhoods in Putnam County, […]

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National Rural Water Association honors the life and accomplishments of a Rural Water Hero, Pat Williams.

National Rural Water Association honors the life and accomplishments of a Rural Water Hero, Pat Williams. His years of service and commitment to the Rural Water Industry will be remembered […]

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NRWA Conducts Rapid Needs Assessment of Critical Impacts of COVID-19

National Rural Water Association recently conducted a national survey of small and rural utility systems. NRWA estimates small water and wastewater systems will lose $998 million in revenue by mid-July.  […]

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USDA Rural Utilities Service, Water and Environment Programs declare Circuit Riders Essential Service

In response to the Presidential Declaration of a National Emergency concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak, USDA Rural Utilities Service, Water and Environmental Programs declared the Circuit Rider Drinking […]

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Special Report from NRWA CEO

These are trying times for our nation and for the people who work at our public water and wastewater utilities. Without a doubt, Americans rely on safe and clean water […]

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