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ach day millions of Americans dump tons of toxic waste into our landfills, streams and rivers. And each day the folks in our industry clean, filter and chlorinate that same water so when you turn on your tap, fresh drinkable water comes out. The task is never-ending and becoming harder and harder. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management are under growing pressure to levy increased restrictions on this industry to do even more to ensure our water is safe. The increased monitoring and testing are necessary to protect the public; however, these things come with a cost. Therefore, it is understandable that clean water and wastewater treatment have a direct effect on our economy. Since water is the lifeblood by which this planet survives, any deviation in its cost will have a ripple effect. Our growing national debt, unemployment and soaring fuel cost are all very troubling, but they pale in comparison to not having fresh, clean drinking water. Protecting our greatest natural resource needs to be a priority in everyone’s life. So how can we help the average citizen understand that priority? In an effort to help create greater awareness the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water and the Indiana Regional Sewer District Association produced a video called “Drop by Drop, Protecting Indiana’s Water Supply.” This video was designed to help educate our public and gives a Hoosier Pipeline • Spring/Summer 2011
Protecting our greatest natural resource needs to be a priority in everyone’s life. So how can we help the average citizen understand that priority? glimpse into how our water and wastewater systems operate and what happens when those systems fail. We encourage every utility to get a copy and share it with their community. The only way we can make a difference is by sharing the knowledge we have gained. We need to make it OUR priority to help the public understand why they need to see it as THEIR priority. My favorite quotes from the video are from Bob Sawtelle, park manager of the O‘Bannon Woods State Park, when he stated, “What we drink is what we are,” and that, “We all live upstream or downstream from someone else.” I do not believe you can find two better analogies to illustrate the point on why we need to protect our water supply. We cannot make more water – we have to work with what we have. I feel the threat we face is not like the drought of the 1930s, but perhaps the opposite. The issue may be that we will have plenty of water but none of it will be fit to drink. If we do not change our habits, we may come to realize that we have poisoned the only thing that can keep us alive. We hope you will make it your priority to receive a free copy of “Drop by Drop, Protecting Indiana’s Water Supply” and help your customers realize why it should be a priority in their lives to help ensure the availability of clean drinking water. To receive your free copy, please contact the Alliance office at 888-937-4992 or email@example.com.
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Executive Director’s Message
Looking Into 2011
By Jim Soper, Executive Director
would like to take this time to thank everyone for making 2010 our most successful year as an association. Without your support this would not have been possible. We had record attendance at both our spring and fall conferences along with the Operator Expo. Last year we also saw our largest budget to date thanks to President Obama’s American Recovery and Re-Investment Act (ARRA), which added two ARRA circuit riders to our staff. Also Indiana’s USDA office had so many loan and grant projects under ARRA that we were able to add a third wastewater circuit rider. We look to carry this momentum into 2011. We were able to carry one of our two ARRA circuit rider positions over into 2011 through an extension of the grant funds. Also, assistance to the ARRA grant recipients will continue since all of our circuit riders have been trained to assist with the needed reporting. This year you will see us add an Operator Expo to the northern part of Indiana in May, as we plan on making our presence more prominent in this area. This year will continue to bring challenges to you with the changes in our elected officials nationally, in state and locally. It is going
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It is going to be imperative that more of you get involved with your legislators informing them of the very important services you provide. to be imperative that more of you get involved with your legislators, informing them of the very important services you provide. Without your services of providing clean safe drinking water and cleaning the waste and returning it to the streams, they will not have economic development, desirable health conditions and so on. Most of you have aging infrastructure that needs to be replaced and your legislators need to know. All of the financial support cannot come from government, but they do need to be a part of the funding equation. Remember this is your association; please let us know what services we can help provide to make your jobs easier.
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Celebrating 30 Years of Service! T
he Alliance of Indiana Rural Water has been providing FREE on-site technical assistance since 1981! The Alliance was originally formed on April 1, 1981, by David Popp, William Bizer, Otto Fry, Robert Green and John Reeves. At that time the association was known as the Indiana Small Water Works Association (ISWWA). In March of 1982 the name was changed to the Indiana Water Association (IWA). In the late 1980s the name was changed to the Indiana Water and Wastewater Association (IWWA). The name was changed yet again to our current name, Alliance of Indiana Rural Water, in the early 2000s. Over the years, the association has remained committed to the small rural water/wastewater systems across the state of Indiana. We have continued to provide quality on-site assistance at no charge, numerous one-day training sessions covering every portion of the state and quality conferences. In 1982, we received our first contract with the National Rural Water Association for a single Water Circuit Rider through the Farmers Home Administration, making our budget in the range of $50,000. From those early humble beginnings, the Alliance has now grown to eight programs through NRWA – making the Alliance’s proposed budget for 2011 in excess of $1.1 million. Our staff now includes three wastewater circuit riders, two water circuit riders, two source water protection specialists and one training specialist. Six of these programs are funded through United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds and the remaining two are from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funds. The Alliance also has three full-time administrative personnel and one part-time individual.
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This year we’ve planned some improvements to celebrate. For instance, at the 2011 Spring Conference we are changing the schedule of events a little. Be sure to check out the schedule of events in the conference program and on
be similar in structure and available credit hours, but you will now have an option to attend the one closest to you! Finally, we are excited to begin offering many new specialty/advanced training programs in addition to free one-day sessions.
We are proud to be the only Indiana affiliate of National Rural Water Association, providing a cohesive voice for rural water and wastewater systems. our website – we think you’ll be as excited as we are! We will be hosting our second Management Conference again in Nashville, which caters specifically to utility board members, council members and managers. Also, we are excited to offer a Northern Operator Expo in addition to our traditional one held in the southern part of the state. Both operator expos will
The Alliance is proud and honored to be your training and technical assistance provider. Thank you to all of our members and supporters! We are proud to be the only Indiana affiliate of National Rural Water Association, providing a cohesive voice for rural water and wastewater systems. We look forward to many more years of serving you with solutions for water and wastewater.
Best Tasting Water in Indiana:
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he crowd cheered as Connersville Utilities was presented with the Best Tasting Water in Indiana Award at the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water’s annual Fall Conference on October 21, 2010. The taste test was conducted during the closing ceremonies on the last day of the conference at the French Lick Resort. The judges sampled six different water samples based on clarity, odor and taste. Connersville Utilities treats its water with conventional aeration, filtration and disinfection utilizing two treatment plants. It pumps about three-million gallons per day to a population of just over 15,400 people.
Connersville Utilities pumps about three-million gallons per day to a population of just over 15,400 people. One representative from Connersville Utilities will take a water sample to compete in the National Rural Water Association’s Great American Taste Test during the NRWA Rally, February 7–9, 2011, in Washington, DC. Congratulations and good luck to Connersville Utilities!
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2011 Operator Expo
his year we will host TWO expos. One in Huntingburg, as we have in the past, and also one up north, in Culver (tentatively, at time of printing). Our Operator Expo is a great way for you to earn up to five CEUs without sitting through a lot of classroom instruction. You’ll earn CEUs participating in equipment demonstrations – HANDS ON! Also, Dave Harvey provides and roasts a pig for lunch, and at the Huntingburg location, the rest of lunch is catered by the Schnitzelbank! Don’t miss out! Registration can be found on the following page.
2011 Management Conference
his conference is geared specifically toward utility board and council members, as well as utility managers. We hope you’ll join us on April 1-2, 2011, at The Seasons Lodge in Nashville, IN. On Friday, April 1, we invite you to join us for a “meet and greet” reception in the evening. This is a time to get together with old and new friends, to relax, and share some laughs. Enjoy conversations with a tasteful array of hors d’oeuvres and drinks. On Saturday, April 2, we’ll get down to business with a variety of sessions to educate utility board and council members and managers. Representatives from the private sector, related industries, and water and wastewater service providers will offer perspectives and initiatives promoting sustainable practices to meet the utility management challenges of today. We’ve also planned an appetizing luncheon for Saturday afternoon. Lodging Info: The Seasons Lodge (800) 365-7327 • Rate $109 Standard Room (Room block ends March 1, 2011.)
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We’re experts with a precious resource. By Rex Blanton, Wastewater Training Specialist
reduction of nitrate to nitric oxide, nitrous oxide and nitrogen gas. The most common type of denitrifying bacteria are Pseudomonas. Note that nitrification by itself does not actually remove nitrogen from wastewater. Rather, denitrification is needed to convert the oxidized form of nitrogen (nitrate) to nitrogen gas. Nitrification occurs in aerobic conditions and denitrification occurs in the absence of oxygen in anoxic conditions. Biological phosphorus removal relies on phosphorus uptake by aerobic heterotrophs capable of storing orthrophosphate Water is a vital resource. in excess of their biological growth But at EJP, we never forget about your requirements. The treatment process can PIPELINE SPECIALISTS bottom line. We’re all about harnessing be designed to promote the growth of the power of water in a way that beneﬁts these organisms in mixed liquor. These both communities and the municipalities phosphate accumulating organisms, under that serve them. That’s why we offer water anaerobic conditions, convert readily management solutions, technologies and available organic matter to carbon quality products that assure cost-savings, compounds. This breakdown results in the revenue generation and water conservation. 1-800-EJP-24HR release of phosphorus. (357-2447) For a complete list of EJP products and Phosphorus can be removed from services, visit www.ejprescott.com. www.ejprescott.com wastewater through chemical precipitation. This is primarily achieved by using aluminum and iron coagulates or lime to form chemical flocs with phosphorus. WATER, SEWER, DRAIN & STORMWATER SOLUTIONS These flocs are then settled out to remove the phosphorus from the wastewater. However, these processes cause more 508135_Everett.indd 1 11/30/10 1:56:07 PM sludge removal, added chemicals in the Well Design, Construction & Maintenance sludge and additional cost. This is just a quick overview of the Televised Inspections • Groundwater Studies biological processes needed to remove Water Resource Construction Collectors • Surface Water Intakes nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater. Pump Sales and Service • Parts Inventory The phosphorus removal, in particular, For Inquiries, Please Contact Pipeline Installation • Treatment Plants is far more complicated and most Mike Green facilities will need some design changes Trenchless Sewer Rehabilitation 812-865-3232 to accomplish the needed removal for www.reynoldsinc.com A Layne Christensen Company their limits. However, the bottom line for these National Ranking as Top 10 Water Supply Contractor – ENR Magazine, October 2010 removals is to keep our waterways clean and usable for generations to come. Hoosier Pipeline • Spring/Summer 2011 505278_Reynolds.indd 1
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2010 Fall Conference Recap
his year’s Fall Conference was one of our most-attended fall conferences! We had 214 utility attendees representing 118 systems around Indiana. The stunning new French Lick Resort hosted our conference. Once again we had great weather, so a few even made it out for a round of golf prior to the conference kick off! A big hit was our UV Bowling Challenge event on Wednesday evening, sponsored by Bose Mckinney & Evans, LLP; Denney Enterprises; Infrastructure Systems, Inc.; Midwestern Engineers, Inc.; Software Solutions, Inc.; TnT Technologies, Inc.; and Umbaugh. It was such a fun time to wind down from a full day of classes with pizza, drinks and bowling while mingling with peers and friends. On Thursday, Connersville Utilities’ water was crowned as the best tasting water in Indiana during our annual taste test. In addition, the Annual Alliance Membership Meeting and Board Election were held. The results from the election were… • District 1: Terry Hafstrom, Kentland Water & Sewage Works • District 2: Tom Speer, City of Lawrence Utilities • At-Large: Kevin Servies, Whitestown Municipal Utilities Also, a new associate board member was elected: Mike Polster, Utility Service Company. Finally the conference concluded with door prize giveaways, including a 32” LCD TV/DVD combo grand prize!
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2010 Scholarship Golf Outing Recap T
he 2010 Scholarship Golf Outing turned out to be a great event! We avoided the rain forecasted for that day, had a great burger and bratwurst lunch and, most of all, had A LOT of fun! We had 16 foursomes this year, which was down two from last year; however, sponsorships were up so we ended up raising just over $500 more than last year. We raised $1,500, which goes directly to our scholarship program benefitting dependents of member utility employees only. Thank you to all our sponsors and everyone who attended to help make the golf outing a success! Join us next year at the Phil Harris Golf Course in Linton, IN, on September 22, 2011!
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3rd Place: F.J.F Services, Inc. Tom Fishero, Dave Nichol Scott Mathas, Kevin Strickler
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By Sky Schelle, Source Water Specialist
or you water operators out there, when was the last time you voluntarily did something IDEM suggested but didn’t require? You probably can’t easily come up with an answer, and I can’t say I’m surprised or that I blame you. I used to work for IDEM, and I can say from experience that most people never did anything unless we required it. Though it might not be intuitive, every once in a while there are benefits to going above and beyond minimum requirements: a good example is the Local Planning Team (LPT) requirement in your Wellhead Protection Plan (WHPP). A LPT meets to guide the completion of your WHPP was a requirement when you were putting together the plan. Now that updates to the WHPP are coming due (a process known as Phase II), myself and Toby Days, the Alliance’s other source water specialist, are frequently asked if the LPT needs to meet again. The short answer is ‘no,’ but in truth, many reasons exist for you to take advantage of a LPT. Systems adhering to the strict requirement of the rule and not engaging a LPT in some capacity certainly can get their Phase II completed, but having a LPT that doesn’t meet just for the Hoosier Pipeline • Spring/Summer 2011
…Find individuals or organizations in the community whose mission overlaps with what you want to accomplish. sake of having a meeting, and instead helps you accomplish some of your requirements and goals, can make the Phase II process easier for you. Your first step is to identify what parts of the WHPP are important for you to accomplish. After you do that, find individuals or organizations in the community whose mission overlaps with what you want to accomplish. These partners are your LPT. You may not need
to meet with them regularly, and you may never need to come together as a formal group, but working together can create benefits for everyone. Let’s look at some common parts of the WHPP as examples:
Increase Wellhead Protection Area Awareness The area under your management is a valuable community resource that
needs to be taken into account by those making decisions about land uses and long-term planning. City and county councils, planning commissions and local environmental groups all have an interest in understanding the wellhead program and how their activities might impact it. Pick one or two of these groups a year to meet with and try to build communication with those that show an interest in knowing more. Simply reconnecting with these groups once a year keeps you up to date on what’s happening in your wellhead area and if future protection needs may be upcoming.
Educate the Public A lot of WHPPs have ambitious education and outreach goals. If you want to focus on this aspect of your plan, a good first step is to pick an audience. Are you more interested in kids, adults or property owners within the wellhead area? Once you’ve identified an audience, look for those in your community who are already in touch with them. Many soil and water
police or the fire department, start working on one right away. It’ll not only make getting this required documentation easier, but will give you an opportunity to educate about the WHPP and the need for quick spill response and any necessary sanitary setback monitoring.
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Update List of Potential Sources of Contamination (PSC) County fairs and local festivals provide great educational opportunities, too. Look around for another partner or city office that has a booth you can share. If you can’t spare the time to man a booth, see if your information can be displayed.
Get First Responder Training As part of Phase II, you’ll have to document some type of local first responder training. In subsequent WHPP updates, that documentation will have to show that wellhead protection was brought up during the training. If you don’t have a relationship with EMS,
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Get Some Recognition Finally, if you’re going above and beyond the wellhead requirements, you deserve some recognition for protecting your community’s most valuable resource. The Groundwater Guardian Program (www. groundwater.org/gg/gg.html) and Hoosier Water Guardian Program (www.in.gov/ idem/4296.htm) are great programs to participate in and show others your commitment to safe drinking water during our Spring Conference. Don’t forget, the Alliance also recognizes systems at our Spring Conference! The key to having a LPT that really is an asset is your commitment. It’ll take a little time to decide what you want to focus on. One you’ve done that, though, there are lots of resources available to help you find the partners and tools needed to start working on some goals. Start slow and let the Alliance know if you need assistance. We have more information on this topic at www.inh2o.org/?page_id=120. We also have a three-hour presentation on getting the most out of LPTs that we can give in your community and offer CEUs for. Let Toby or me know how we can help.
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he Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been fairly quiet during the past year on new rules for drinking water. They released their semi-annual regulatory agenda late last summer that included some changes. The list included descriptions of the actions and schedules for lead and copper, aldicarb, radon, MTBE, percholate and the total coliform rule. The total coliform rule could be drastically revised based on an advisory panel in which the National Rural Water Association participated. The revisions would remove the requirement to do public notice for positive total coliform samples and removes the MCL violation. Instead, the water system would have to do a comprehensive review of their system to identify the cause of the positive sample, which could have been due to improper sampling techniques, lab error or possible contamination in the water system. The EPA expected to have the proposed rule out in late 2010 and the final rule published in 2012. The EPA has launched an aggressive new policy for a plan to revolutionize the process used to regulate new drinking water contaminates. This approach focuses on four principles: 1. Address contaminates as a group rather than one at a time so that enhancement of drinking water protection can be achieved cost effectively. 2. Foster development of new drinking water technologies to address health risks posed by a broad array of contaminates. 3. Use the authority of multiple statutes to help protect drinking water. 4. Partner with states to share more complete data from monitoring at public water systems (PWS). These proposed rule changes are still in the comment phase and could change before the final rules are published. This article was produced using excerpts from an article written by Mr. Ed Thomas of the NRWA for the Rural Water magazine. If I can be of assistance, please feel free to contact me 888-937-4992 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Even in a city, storm water can pollute streams, rivers and lakes. In Indiana it takes only about 15 to 30 minutes for pollutants picked up by rain runoff to travel through storm sewers from backyards to rivers. In Vigo County, the Seelyville Water Department and the Vigo County Soil and Water Conservation District partnered to put on an educational program for a group of local Girl Scout brownie troops about storm water runoff, water conservation and how to make rain barrels. The water department at the Sisters of Providence teamed up with the White Violet Center and the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water to set up a groundwater model at its annual Earth Day Festival to promote drinking water quality. Hundreds attended the festival and it was a great opportunity to talk with individuals about where their water comes from and how they can help protect it. Increasing knowledge in your community will help you in protecting your water resources, and partnering with others who have similar interests can assist you in your efforts. Here are a few suggestions on groups you may want to partner with: • Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops • Clerks • Concerned citizens • Council members • County agencies • Local business representatives • Local educators • Public utilities directors • State source water protection agency personnel/state rural water association personnel • Water system operators • Watershed and/or soil conservation staff • Well drilling professionals
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ith Recovery Act funding coming into full swing this spring, the question is what’s the impact of money being spent on water and wastewater projects? Rural Development in Indiana has allocated $112.8 million in loans and grants for improvements to quality of life in rural communities. Nationally the RUS (Rural Utility Services) program has invested more than $3.27 billion in funding to provide access to clean drinking water and sanitary waste treatment facilities. The impact will potentially reach more than 1.7 million rural residents. Rural Development anticipates more than 66,000 jobs will be created or saved through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The goal of output and performance measures are that 10 percent of the project funding be invested in persistent poverty counties, as well as reducing people’s exposure to water-related health and safety hazards by 6 percent. Studies are estimating a $30 billion backlog that will be needed in utility infrastructure upgrades across the U.S. These numbers make a dent in long awaited priorities.
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There are 25 communities in Indiana that have committed to utility projects with recovery money, with a majority of these being sewer related. A few are installing wastewater treatment facilities to correct health issues due to failing septic systems that have been in violation for years. There are many stipulations to meet the requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Numerous checks and balances are in place in order to receive a loan and grant, including continuous reporting deadlines. Each community has accepted a 40-year low-interest loan in order to complete these upgrades. The grant money involved is to buy down rates to help keep user fees reasonable. Each town has demonstrated compliance with sustainable design policies through their engineering reports. Rural Development requires projects to be modest in size and cost, and energy efficient. Also, applicants must document that they possess the financial, technical and managerial capacity to take responsibility for their facilities. Indiana is within the top ten of states that have secured funding for water and wastewater projects. This reflects the dedication in the cities and towns I have traveled to around the state. The amount of combined hours invested by board members reveal a passion for their local community and a commitment to “leaving things better than they found them.” Below is a table of Indiana’s awarded Recovery Act funding through Rural Development.
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