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We are delighted to invite you to our upcoming Wastewater Social/Forum, to bring together members of the wastewater community for a day of networking, collaboration, and meaningful discussions. This is a unique opportunity to connect with professionals, experts, and enthusiasts in the wastewater field. We encourage you to join us in shaping the future of the wastewater community and addressing the challenges we collectively face. We look forward to your participation and a day filled with engaging conversations and insights. Agenda topics 1. To create a basic list of “Best Management Practices” to begin the process 2. To start a list of needed rating topics for the rating system 3. DRWA September Special Board Meeting attendance 4. To have a hybrid meeting for in person and virtual attendance 5. To have more attendance from across the state and in all areas of wastewater ie. residential, commercial, and independent 6. To develop a list of “non-operators” to invite to attend the meetings 7. To allow time for further comments ant topic introduction from new attendees 8. DRWA Course types and offerings—are we meeting needs? 9. Social media and website usage
Implementing Lead Service Line Replacement Projects Funded by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Date: July 10, 2024 Time: 2:00 – 3:00 Eastern Please join us for a webinar on EPA’s new memorandum: Implementing Lead Service Line Replacement Projects Funded by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The memorandum describes programmatic requirements for full lead service line replacement and details exceptions; provides recommended strategies on LSL identification and LSLR planning and design; identifies best practices for risk mitigation when an LSLR is conducted; and emphasizes the importance of public notifications during projects. This webinar will cover new requirements and best practices from the memorandum and provide opportunity for questions and answers. Speakers for this event include Matt King and Keelan Baldwin of EPA’s Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water. Click READ MORE for the link to registration.
Critical infrastructure, including adequate water service, is a basic requirement for a healthy economy, encourages employment opportunities and makes a community a desired place to live and work. The nearly 45,000 water systems in rural America are anchor institutions in their communities. In many rural communities water infrastructure is past its useful life. Without adequate water and sanitation services, businesses move out of our rural communities, forcing the next generation to leave to find better opportunities. Those left behind are robbed of hope for a prosperous future. USDA RD WEP not only provides essential services to the families that live in rural America, but also all business activities. These include small businesses, farming, manufacturing, emergency services, and more. In rural America, nearly 85% of all business establishments are small. These small businesses are critical to local economies, employing 54% of workers in their communities. Rural communities need access to funding through USDA RD WEP to thrive.
Affordability is the key factor for small and rural communities in their decisions to upgrade and enhance water services for their customers. Skyrocketing construction costs, disrupted supply chains, and ever increasing regulatory requirements are just a few of the roadblocks rural America faces when financing critical water infrastructure. Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program is a lifeline for rural America, funding clean and reliable water systems nationwide. Grant costs can cover up to 75% of total development costs for the most vulnerable communities, which is necessary to provide affordable rates. For the majority of small and rural communities, a grant/loan mix is critical to keep projects affordable. USDA RD needs an adequate amount of baseline grant funding to maintain their mission to serve rural America.
Water is a vital resource and is required for all aspects of daily life, including drinking, cooking, washing, and flushing. In order to protect public health, all Americans should have access to this resource through reliable infrastructure. Rural America’s 46.1 million residents deserve safe drinking water and clean wastewater treatment just as much as urban or metropolitan residents. While access to basic water infrastructure may be taken for granted by many American citizens, it still is not a reality for approximately 146,000 rural households. For the 27,500 public elementary and secondary schools, approximately 9.8 million students, and 1,810 hospitals in rural America, public health would be immediately jeopardized without safe drinking water and clean wastewater treatment. Even for established water and wastewater systems, new regulations such as EPA’s recent PFAS and Lead and Copper Rules results in costly operational and infrastructure upgrades. USDA RD WEP ensures rural America and its communities have access to funding when they are faced with making these upgrades to remain in compliance.

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