NYRWA finds Houghton leak over Holiday


HOUGHTON, N.Y. – The holiday’s typically come with a change of pace – business slows down, employees take vacation and college students move back home. That slowed pace make the holidays a perfect time for utility repairs.

On December 30, the New York Rural Water Association received a call from David Stenzel, Superintendent of the Caneadea, Houghton Water District. The district served a population of just over 2,000, including Houghton College, a small Christian liberal arts college. The utility had a leak in a 10-inch cast iron water main that needed to be located. It was suspected the leak was under a major intersection.

“Pinpointing the leak was critical, due to the size of the intersection and its proximity to the collage and a nursing home,” explained NYRWA Circuit Rider Fred Holley.

Holley and Stenzel began working on New Year’s Eve, working to locate the leak. They were able to narrow the location to a four by eight foot area of the intersection. Holley’s assistance prevent the utility from having to excavate a larger area, causing greater cost and service disruption. We help from NYRWA, the repair was completed without blocking any traffic, or breaking anyone’s holiday plans.

“The job was done by noon and we were all able to enjoy the holiday with our friends and family,” Holley said.

NRWA Statement on Lead Contamination


There are approximately 52,000 community drinking water supplies in the nation, and 92% serve populations of 10,000 or less. Rural and small water systems do an excellent job in complying with all of the regulatory requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act, including compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). The LCR is one of EPA’s most complex water regulations, and all water systems must comply with these standards.

The National Rural Water Association (NRWA) and its state association affiliates provide compliance training and technical assistance to approximately 100,000 rural and small water system personnel annually, including training and assistance on meeting lead and copper standards. Our expert staff has never encountered system personnel advocating a plan to intentionally skirt a rule or requirement. The men and women of Rural Water are deeply tied to our communities – our friends, family and our children all drink the water we produce. If someone did intentionally violate a rule, change a record or falsify a test result, they could face numerous penalties, including criminal prosecution.

The United States enjoys one of the safest tap water supplies in the world, due to the hard work and dedication of certified system operations specialists. The motto of the rural and small water system industry is “Quality on Tap – Our Commitment, Our Profession.” It is a commitment we all take very seriously, not just because of the serious regulatory consequences of failing to comply with standards, but because of the personal conviction we have, knowing how our water impacts our families and our communities.

 

Alabama Rural Water assists Beauregard


20160120_130250aBEAUREGARD, Ala. – When a massive leak threatened to put thousands of the Beauregard Water Authority’s customers out of service, the small water utility contacted the Alabama Rural Water Association. Beauregard was losing 2,418 gallons per minute, leaving a third of the system on low pressure and threatening to completely drain the water tanks.

ARWA Circuit Riders Andrew Crawford and Rob White IV immediately began working with utility personnel on a plan to maintain the water supply until the leak could be located.

“We divided the distribution system in half,” Crawford explained. “Half of the service area was supplied by the Beauregard wells and the other half through an emergency connection with Opelika Utilities.”

Dividing the system helped maintain water pressure while the Circuit Riders searched for the leak.

“We searched for two days and nights before we found the leak in a six-inch water main,” White said. “We estimate the leak was costing the water authority for $17,000 per day.”

Once the leak was located, utility crews began making repairs. The personnel and equipment Alabama Rural Water provided helped keep water flowing to 3,000 people and saved the water authority thousands of dollars per day.

Introduction to Sustainable Utility Management for Small and Rural Water and Wastewater Systems: 2 p.m. CST Feb. 18, 2016


Introduction to Sustainable Utility Management for Small and Rural Water and Wastewater Systems has been scheduled for 2 p.m. CST on Feb. 18, 2016. Register Now

This webinar will provide an introduction to Sustainable Utility Management and provide information on the 10 key management areas. The presentation will also include information to help address small water and wastewater system management concerns and improve system operations.

Presented by Mahana Gomes, executive director of the Hawaii Rural Water Association.

Cyber Security: Data Breach: 2 p.m. CST Jan. 21st


Cyber Security: Data Breach has been scheduled for 2 p.m. CST on Jan. 21, 2016.  Register Now

At least 26 data breaches occur every second of every day. Small and midsize businesses are the top targets of cyber criminals. With sensitive information from customers and employees at risk, companies face many unique challenges in protecting their data. This webinar will look at Cyber Security, data breach coverage and the impact a data breach can have on your business. This webinar will also look at the impact that a data breach has on your customers and your ability to recover after an attack.

Presented by Janet Smith of  Bailey Special Risks, Inc.

 

2016 Rural Water Rally Registration Open; Join the #highqualityh2o Campaign


DUNCAN, Okla. – Attendee are registering for the 2016 Rural Water Rally at www.nrwa.org/rally. The rally will be held Feb. 8 -10 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington D.C.

This year, NRWA is sponsoring a social media campaign that coincides with the rally. Anyone interested in supporting rural water is encouraged to share a Tweet or Facebook post with the hashtag #highqualityh2o.

“The primary strength of Rural Water is the day-to-day hard work of small utility staff,” explained NRWA CEO Sam Wade. “Not everyone can make a trip to Washington, D.C., but this campaign will give everyone a chance to be the voice of rural water and show their support for clean, safe drinking water.”

Campaign details are available on the rally website, including links that allow individuals to sign-up for reminders to post during the rally. There is also a letter writing campaign that will allow utilities who cannot attend the rally to voice their support for rural water.

The Annual Great American Water Taste Test will be held at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Entries will be taken from utilities across the nation that have won their state association’s taste test.

USDA Offers Support to Utilities Facing El Niño


2015ElNinoWinterImpacts_NorthAmericaWASHINGTON, DC – The US Department of Agriculture is offering support to rural utilities that may be impacted by this year’s predicted El Niño climate conditions.

El Niño is defined by prolonged warming in the Pacific Ocean surface temperatures. This warming creates a disruption in the ocean-atmosphere system, impacting weather across the globe. Winters, during the El Niño effect, are warmer and drier than average in the Northwest, northern Midwest, and upper Northeast United States, so those regions experience reduced snowfalls. Meanwhile, significantly wetter winters are present in the southwest United States, including central and southern California, while both cooler and wetter than average winters in the Southeastern United States. Drought and fire in the west may have also destroyed vegetation that would reduce peak runoff from heavy precipitation, increasing the risks of flooding.

USDA is advising communities to review their vulnerability assessments, test any emergency equipment, perform a flash flood exercise and move any response and recovery equipment to high ground. Rural Water Associations in each state can help utilities prepare and can provide assistance in case of emergency.

The USDA has released a document detailing the potential risk and resources for utilities. Click to view the PDF

NRWA opens Rally Registration; Announces new social media campaign


DUNCAN, Okla. – The National Rural Water Association opened registration for the 2016 Rural Water Rally today. The rally will be held Feb. 8 -10 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington D.C. Those interested in attending the rally can register at www.nrwa.org/rally.

This year, NRWA is sponsoring a social media campaign that coincides with the rally. Anyone interested in supporting rural water is encouraged to share a Tweet or Facebook post with the hashtag #highqualityh2o.

“The primary strength of Rural Water is the day-to-day hard work of small utility staff,” explained NRWA CEO Sam Wade. “Not everyone can make a trip to Washington, D.C., but this campaign will give everyone a chance to be the voice of rural water and show their support for clean, safe drinking water.”

Campaign details are available on the rally website, including links that allow individuals to sign-up for reminders to post during the rally. There is also a letter writing campaign that will allow utilities who cannot attend the rally to voice their support for rural water.

The Annual Great American Water Taste Test will be held at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Entries will be taken from utilities across the nation that have won their state association’s taste test.

NRWA Announces First Webinars of 2016


NRWA has announced the first webinars scheduled for 2016.

January 7, 2016 at 2 p.m. central: Forming Responsible Management Entities for Septic System Owners. 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.

 

February 18, 2016 at 2 pm central : Introduction to Sustainable Utility Management for Small and Rural Water and Wastewater Systems. Register Now

This webinar will provide an introduction to Sustainable Utility Management and provide information on the 10 key management areas. The presentation will also include information to help address small water and wastewater system management concerns and improve system operations.

 

February 25, 2016 at 6 pm central (10 am Hawaii & 9:00 am Guam): SDWA Compliance Issues for the US Territories. Register Now

This webinar will explore the unique challenges of Safe Drinking Water Act compliance for territorial utilities. Systems in the Territories 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.

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.