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Planning for the Future with a Source Water Protection Program

Originally featured in Kentucky Rural Water Association’s magazine Waterproof. By Matt Glass, Source Water Specialist Drinking water sources are subject to a variety of contaminants and Source Water Protection (SWP) can be considered the front-line defense against the impacts of the pollutants. The fact that water utilities spend a significant amount of money each year […]

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Oklahoma Sets Industry Leading Precedence by Signing Strategic Alliance Agreement

August 22nd of 2019 was a day that should be noted in Oklahoma history as the first Strategic Alliance Agreement was formally signed between the Oklahoma State Secretary of Energy and Environment, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, and the Oklahoma Rural Water Association, and was ratified by the Governor of Oklahoma […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Rural Water Rate Study Puts Town on Path of Stability

NORWOOD, N.C. – The Town of Norwood, N. C. was faced with the costs of servicing the new debts required to upgrade their water and wastewater system, but a rate study by the North Carolina Rural Water Association put the community on track to sustainability. “The town had recently taken on additional debt because of […]

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NRWA Statement on Water Utility Sustainability

DUNCAN, Okla. – The National Rural Water Association fully supports continued education, training and technical assistance to enhance the sustainability of the nation’s water and wastewater utilities. In recent months, some stakeholders with vested interests have called for additional federal regulatory authority to direct the consolidation and regionalization of public water utilities as the means […]

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New York Rural Water Helps Utility Plan for Sustainability; Saves Community $10,000

MAYFIELD, N.Y. – The process goes by the unassuming name of Workshop in a Box. It is a method for analyzing the functions of water and wastewater utilities, then creating plans to improve their management and long-term sustainability. The Village of Mayfield was like many communities across the U.S. – suffering from equipment breakdowns without […]

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