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MRWA Wastewater Operator's Conference
January 30 & 31, 2014
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December 10 & 11, 2013
Bay City, MI
EPA Revises CCR Interpretation of CCR Delivery to Allow for Electronic Delivery
EPA’s decision obviates the need for the Congressional effort to change the law to allow for similar electronic delivery of the CCRs led by Congressman Young (FL) and Senator Toomey (PA). NRWA Regulatory Committee Chairman John Sasur (MA) said, “Water supplies are grateful for Congressman Young and Senator Toomey’s leadership and support.” NRWA has advocating for this change in federal policy for 15 years.
EPA CCR Memorandum and Overview and Electronic Delivery Implementation Approaches and Methods
Through EPA MRWA has a Training & Technical Assistance Program that offers free training and technical assistance to NTNC Public Water Systems. For information on free training please view our training page on the website and for technical assistance please contact MRWA at (989) 539-4111
Rural Water launches professional recognition initiative
(Harrison, MI.) – The Michigan Rural Water Association, in cooperation with the National Rural Water Association, launched a nation-wide professional recognition initiative on August 1, 2012. The initiative will advocate the value of professional careers in the water and wastewater industry, and advanced the quality of those careers.
“The quality of the American water industry has advanced so far that it is often taken for granted,” said Tim Neumann. “Too often the efforts of those that ensure quality water at the tap go unnoticed.”
According to Readers Digest Magazine, there are approximately 108,330 system personnel who operate water and wastewater systems. In the article, these positions are listed as number 2 in the “Top 10 Jobs Americans Cannot Live Without.” Individuals in these positions have tremendous responsibilities, including water quality testing, regulatory compliance and handling of dangerous chemicals. Despite these heavy responsibilities and liabilities, the professionals in these positions often go unrecognized.
“This initiative was created to improve the recognition of these critical water-related jobs, and position the water industry to cope with the impending workforce shortage expected from increasing number of retirements,” Neumann said.
The first step of the initiative is a terminology change, referring to water and wastewater positions as “System Operations Specialists.” The National Rural Water Association and its state rural water affiliations, together representing over 28,000 rural and small communities, will begin using the new terminology verbally and in all printed material after August 1.
“Titles project the skills, knowledge and expertise embedded in the industry and these System Operations Specialists should be recognized for the critical positions they hold in our communities,” Neumann said.
The launch of the initiative includes a proclamation to recognize the value of water and wastewater professionals and indicate the new terminology.
“This initiative is just a small step to gain deserved recognition for system operational personnel, who impact our daily lives in what they do,” Neumann said. “The attached proclamation is the vehicle that will launch this effort. Its success will be measured by system personnel, associations, and agencies ingraining it into their vocabulary.”