Forming Responsible Management Entities for Septic System Owners: 2 p.m. CST Jan. 7

Forming Responsible Management Entities for Septic System Owners set for 2 p.m. CST on January 7, 2016. Register Now

This webinar will present the benefits of Responsible management Entities (RMEs) homeowners using septic systems. The presentation will discuss the costs and benefits of RMEs and the options available. As many as 26 million homeowners living in subdivisions, mobile home parks or small communities use septic systems without a centralized sewer treatment plant. RME’s range from home owner associations that use regular pumping schedules to a systems using low pressure lines to move grey water to a centralized drain-field.

Washington Rural Water Assists During State’s Largest Fire

OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. – Staff from the Evergreen Rural Water Association of Washington assisted water and wastewater utilities impacted by massive fires in Okanogan County.

The fire is considered the largest in Washington state history, burning an area over four times the size of Seattle, and causing over $11 million in property damage. The fires destroyed 1034 power poles and 216 miles of distribution lines, leaving areas without power for up to nine days.

Mike Pendergraft and Chad Short assisted over 25 small systems that lost power during the fire. They helped put boil water orders into place and provided sampling bottles to help test for water contamination.

SDWA Compliance for Tribal Systems: 2 p.m. CST Nov. 12

SDWA Compliance for Tribal Systems has be scheduled for 2 p.m. CST Nov. 12. Register Now

This webinar will explore the unique challenges of Safe Drinking Water Act compliance for tribal utilities. Tribal system often must provide service to dispersed rural communities with limited employment opportunities and a low tax base. Rural water has a long-standing relationship with these systems, providing technical, managerial, financial and emergency response assistance.

Rural Water assists after S.C. floods

untitledNew Holland, S.C. – Heavy rain and flood water deluged South Carolina in October, causing billions of dollars of damage and leaving many residents without water. On October 13, Jesse Miller, a circuit rider with the South Carolina Rural Water Association helped restore service to one rural farming community.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control contacted SCRWA on October 13, requesting rural water provide assistance to the community of New Holland, located in Aiken County. Miller was on-site within one hour, and immediately contacted SCDHEC representative Travis Fuss and system manager Lendel Hutto.

“The New Holland well was contaminated by flood water,” Miller explained. “The sanitary seal fail and flood water entered the well casing.”

The town was put on a boil water notice and the SCDHEC collected water samples for testing. The tests indicated the raw water was contaminated with E. Coli.

“After discussing the town’s daily water demand, we determined that we could secure the water supply valve to the water tank,” Miller said. “That would provide a four or five hour window to flush the well without impacting the system’s water pressure.”

After filling and securing the tower, Miller began flushing the well casing with a sodium hypochlorite solution to disinfect it. The area was already saturated with water, and Hutto had to use a backhoe to dig temporary drainage to relieve the flooding.

The well had to be flushed three times in a four-hour process. Miller arranged for three pallets of bottled water to help limit the impact to the community.

Once the well was decontaminated and tested, the systems distribution lines had to be flushed and tested before the system was put completely back into service.

Recording for Priority Compliance Topics Webinar available

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This webinar will present information on SDWA Compliance issues that have been ranked highest by the state primacy agencies.

Randall Kelley has been with Kentucky Rural Water Association (KRWA) since January, 2006.  Since joining KRWA, Randall has held the positions of Wastewater Circuit Rider, ARRA Circuit Rider and Training Specialist.

Prior to joining KRWA, Kelley worked for the University of Louisville at the Center for Watershed Research as a Research Biologist.  He participated in numerous projects on small headwater streams, stream restorations, Tri-halomethane formation potential in natural waters, and numerous other projects. Kelley’s experience also includes working for a contractor to the USEPA in Cincinnati, Ohio as an aquatic macroinvertebrate taxonomist.

Kelley received a B.S. in both Biology and Environmental Science from Western Kentucky University and an M.S. in Biology from the University of Louisville.