Category: News

Stutsman Water District Grows with Local Cooperation and Decisions – A Case Study

Many years ago, the conversations began as, “How are we going to provide water service to consumers across vast, scarcely populated areas of rural America?” After cities, towns, and rural water districts successfully provided solutions, the concern became, “Can we maintain quality service and an adequate water supply for future generations?” Through no small feat,… Read more »

NRWA Issues Statement on the Passing of Senator Thad Cochran

Rural America had no greater champion in Congress than former Senator Thad Cochran. Serving as both the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Cochran authored and supported programs, policy and funding, specifically targeted to increase the quality of life in rural communities across the nation. His service to this… Read more »

USDA Urges Applications for Funding

Congress provided U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with $4 billion last year and another $1.9 billion this year to assist with water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities under 10,000 population. USDA’s Rural Utility Service has streamlined the application process through an electronic form, RD Apply, for this funding, in the form of affordable low-interest… Read more »

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 »