Category: USDA

USDA Rural Development provides critical funding for water and wastewater utilities in Rural America. USDA RD also funds the NRWA Circuit Rider program, the Wastewater Technician program, and the Energy Efficiency Circuit Rider program.

Oklahoma Utility an Example of What RUS, Rural Water Can Accomplish

AMBER, Okla. – In a metal building west of the small Oklahoma town of Amber, Paul Jones is gathering his staff around a wall filled with color-codes pipe maps and a whiteboard scrawled with the day’s priorities. The Rural Water District has undergone tremendous changes, fueled by a combination of hard work and USDA loan… Read more »

Rural Water Uses Pipe-Freezing Tech to Assist Nebraska Town

AXTELL, Neb. – When Mike Stanzel arrived to assist the Village of Axtell with a leak, he never expected that after scheduling around a high school basketball tournament and closing 13 valves the leak was no closer to repair. Ultimately, the repair required the excavation of a service line and the use of a line… Read more »

Watch Dennis Sternberg of Arkansas Rural Water Testify to Senate Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dennis Sternberg, Executive Director of the Arkansas Rural Water Association, testified on March 28 to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife on S. 518. S. 518 is described as: “a bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for technical assistance… Read more »

Hearings Show Nominated Secretary of Ag, Senators Support Rural Water

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Statements during the Senate Agriculture Committee’s March 23 confirmation hearings for George “Sonny” Perdue revealed support for Rural Water from both Perdue, nominated to be Secretary of Agriculture, and Senators on the committee. The National Rural Water Association has two recordings of the hearing: a version trimmed to only the comments regarding… Read more »

NRWA statement on the President’s elimination of USDA drinking water and wastewater infrastructure funding

The President’s budget eliminates the USDA water and waste loan and grant program, which has been the lifeline for rural water and small communities across Rural America. Instead, the Administration is placing its confidence with the EPA State Revolving Loan Funds. This demonstrates how blind the Administration is to its rural constituency and the lack… Read more »

See NRWA President Steve Fletcher’s Testimony to the CEEC Subcommittee

DUNCAN, Okla. – Steve Fletcher, President of the National Rural Water Association, testified to the Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit Subcommittee on March 9, 2017 on the Farm Bill and Rural Development Programs. NRWA has two recordings of President Fletcher’s testimony: a version edited to include only his testimony and related comments and the full livestream… Read more »

NRWA Joins #RebuildRural Coalition Advocating for Investment in Rural Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Rural Water Association has joined #RebuildRural, a coalition of over 200 organizations from across the country encouraging President Donald J. Trump to prioritize rebuilding infrastructure in rural America. “Those of us in rural communities have seen our infrastructure deteriorate, jeopardizing jobs, our agricultural competitiveness and the health of rural families,”… Read more »