PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE AND WRITE TO YOUR CONGRESS PERSON
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.
(Below is a letter template to send to your officials along with a link to find your elected official)

March 16, 2017
NATIONAL RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION 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 of knowledge of what is most effective in funding the majority of the nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure.

There are approximately 52,000 community water supplies in the nation, of which 92% serve less than 10,000 population. In 2016, USDA Rural Utilities Service dedicated their funding exclusively to Rural America - 85% of projects were for small communities, with populations of 5,000 or less. The USDA Water and Environmental Program is a vital lifeline for rural residents funding the water infrastructure we rely on today.

We support the President’s call for increased investments to address aging and dilapidated infrastructure. However, this proposal guts the USDA infrastructure budget which has funded rural infrastructure for the past 70 years. USDA has the only water infrastructure programs specifically targeted to rural populations.

Private financing is not the solution and does not provide affordable terms for rural communities. Rural areas include lower-income, working class families with higher populations of retired residents and veterans on fixed incomes. This budget will not work for these rural Americans.

Shifting the federal portion of available financing to the EPA is unworkable, when data documents approximately 75% of SRF funding goes to systems serving over 10,000 population.
If the President is serious about assisting small and rural communities with infrastructure funding, he should utilize the USDA water programs that have a proven record in effectively and efficiently serving Rural America.

The National Rural Water Association is the largest water utility organization in the nation, with over 31,000 members. NRWA members provide safe and affordable water and wastewater services to over 34 million Americans in rural areas.



Letter Template for Elected Officials
(Microsoft Word Document)
Use this link to find your representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Cybersecurity Awareness Survey
NRWA is partnering with the Automation Federation to develop custom training for State Association staff and utility members.  This will take place in the form of Cybersecurity Awareness Training at In-Service for your staff members, and a featured session at the WaterPro Conference.  In early November, NRWA/AF will host a more in-depth training session - Recognizing and Preventing Cybersecurity Attacks - at the AF headquarters in Raleigh, NC.  This event will be a hands-on technical training for utility personnel in change of operating or managing SCADA and network systems.

In order to develop the training materials and document the needs of our industry, NRWA/AF is asking that you distribute the following survey link to your system members: www.waterprocommunity.org/isa-nrwasurvey.  NRWA has posted a link to the survey on our homepage www.nrwa.org and on the WaterPro Community.  It will only take about 5 minutes to complete and will help us even if the answers are "I don't know."  

NRWA joined the Automation Federation in 2016, and has a cooperative agreement to advance the water & wastewater profession. AF is a strong advocate for advancing the safety, security, and future of critical infrastructure and manufacturing.  State Associations are acknowledged as members of AF through NRWA.


SAVE THE DATE

MRWA Annual Golf Outing
June 13, 2017
Bucks Run, Mt. Pleasant MI

Outdoor Expo
August 16, 2017
Michigan International Speedway

MRWA UP Expo
September 7-8, 2017
Marquette, MI
2017 Golf Outing Brochure
(Adobe PDF File)
Tracer Wire Guide
(Adobe PDF File)