MRWA Seeking Energy Efficiency Circuit Rider

MRWA is looking for an Energy Efficiency Circuit Rider for either a full-time or part-time position.  The primary goal of the Energy Efficiency Program is to travel throughout Michigan assisting rural and small community water and wastewater utility systems in evaluating their energy needs, consumption and costs; recommending measures to reduce energy consumption; and identifying potential funding sources for improvements.  It is not required to be a certified water and/or wastewater operator but would be preferred to have certification for this position.  Salary based on experience.  Preference to candidates with their water and/or wastewater licenses. MRWA is an EOE.  Please submit cover letter and resume by December 8th, 2017. Email them to

Basic Functions:
Conduct on-site energy assessments for rural and small community water and wastewater utility systems and make recommendations to those systems on how to retrofit the equipment and operate the system in the most energy efficient manner.

Specific Responsibilities:
• Energy Efficiency Circuit Riders will obtain some certification credential in energy efficiency assessments/audits.
• Travels extensively throughout the state to conduct a minimum of thirty (30) energy assessments for rural and small community water and wastewater utility systems.
• Utilizes state association knowledge to prioritize systems that could realize the greatest benefit from implementing energy efficient practices and equipment.
• Prioritizes energy surveys toward low-income communities, tribal systems and colonias.
• Evaluates and understands the electrical energy pricing structure of the electric utilities in the state.
• Utilizes the system specific energy assessment results to assist the utility system in developing an energy efficiency plan for the future.
• Educates and assists the utility system in evaluating the different funding options available for equipment improvements.
• Maintains a working relationship with the State Rural Development Office.
• Accurately completes and submits the required program reporting in the required timeframe.
• Will attend NRWA In-Service Training events.

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:

Take a Seat on the MRWA Board
Michigan Rural Water Association will have 1 open Board seat up for election during our annual meeting at the Management and Technical Conference on March 21, 2018. 

If you have an interest in running and serving on MRWA's Board of Directors and looking for more information please contact Andrea Schroeder, Board Development Chair at 810-653-2191.  You can also contact MRWA Board President Tom Anthony at 269-668-2300.

2018 MRWA Video Contest Information

MRWA is sponsoring a video contest for Michigan High School Students.  The goal is to create public awareness on the topics of Water Conservation or Watershed Protection. Each team must have a sponsoring teacher and while any teacher can serve as a sponsor, this is ideal for those who work with environmental science, media technology or communications.

The Grand Prize is $1,500 and is awarded to the sponsoring teacher/department as well as a $250 gift card to each student of the winning team. There is a limit of four students per team.

Click on the pdf file below to download the contest packet.

MIWARN Functional Exercise 11/29

MiWARN is proudly hosting a one-day functional exercise (FE) for water and wastewater owners and operators, emergency management staff, and response partners from local, state and federal agencies.  The FE will consist of an exercise scenario focused on an incident that affects water and wastewater utilities and provides the opportunity for participants to test emergency response capabilities, specifically but not limited to: communications, resource management, documentation and mutual aid and assistance during an incident. 

Register online at or by contacting Alex Liguori (U.S. EPA) at 202-564-8324 or  Space is limited, so only one person per utility or agency should register.

MRWA New Contact Information
Please update your records

Michigan Rural Water Association
2127 University Park Drive Suite 340
Okemos MI 48864

P: 517-657-2601
F: 517-657-2417

If you are trying to reach a specific staff person, click on the ABOUT tab at the top of the page for their cell phone number.

Tracer Wire Guide
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